Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection

Patient Profiles

Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection

Estelle Tasz calls her home “organized chaos.” The 37-year old mother of four is home now after more than one month in Los Angeles where she went one night in a desperate bid to find medical help. Estelle thought it was necessary to travel 2,400 miles to get help after four hospitals in her home
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Patient Profiles

Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh! Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh!

  One day after one of the country’s health boards voted to ban the use of transvaginal mesh use in that country, Scotland’s Health Secretary Alex Neil has requested the use of mesh implants stop in Scotland until an investigation into mesh complications is conducted. About 1,500 women undergo transvaginal mesh implants in Scotland every
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A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants

After an effective campaign where women spoke directly to a Scottish Parliamentary Committee, a Scottish Health Board has decided to ban the use of transvaginal mesh implants used as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. This is the first board to suspend the plastic mesh implants reports the Sunday Mail’s reporter Marion Scott here. The
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AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction

Today Corporate Action Network launched what is planned to be the first of a 50 state campaign to urge the Attorneys General of all 50 states to investigate healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for mesh-injuries and their related costs and the destruction of documents requested in litigation. There are presently at least 22,000 product liability
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Shareholders, CEO Meet With Those Injured by J&J Mesh Shareholders, CEO Meet With Those Injured by J&J Mesh

It was not an easy trip for this mesh-injured group to make to New Brunswick, New Jersey, home of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J). As editor of Mesh News Desk, I had gathered five mesh-injured to fly into town but we were warned that while access to the annual J&J shareholders meeting April 24
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Breaking News – Johnson & Johnson Face-to-Face With Mesh Injured Breaking News – Johnson & Johnson Face-to-Face With Mesh Injured

It has been many years since the mesh injured in this community have felt this empowered speaking truth to power. On Thursday, three mesh -injured women spoke to the board of directors of healthcare giant Johnson and Johnson inside their shareholders meeting  while outside, investors entering the meeting encountered mesh survivors and their messages during a morning news conference. Signs
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Welcome- Why We're Here

Hello July- A Long, Hot Summer of Waiting Hello July- A Long, Hot Summer of Waiting

Welcome to Mesh Medical Device News Desk, also known as Mesh News Desk (MND). It is a long hot summer and so far those many bellwether lawsuits the mesh community had been promised are rescheduled or off the schedule entirely.  While the heat is good for heirloom tomatoes, not so good for patience. What is
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Feature

LEGAL THOUGHTS ON THE AMS TRANSVAGINAL MESH SETTLEMENT LEGAL THOUGHTS ON THE AMS TRANSVAGINAL MESH SETTLEMENT

SPONSORED CONTENT By Dan C. Bolton, Of Counsel, Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP                 Recently, Endo Pharmaceuticals announced that it had reached a settlement in principle with four law firms representing plaintiffs in the transvaginal mesh litigation pending before Judge Goodwin in federal district court in West Virginia (MDL 2325).  The Press Release issued by
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FDA

Speak to the FDA Now! Speak to the FDA Now!

  Midnight Wednesday July 30, the opportunity ends to weigh into the FDA concerning the reclassification of POP mesh to class III or a high-risk device which it certainly is. Mesh will never survive that scrutiny. Mesh News Desk and Corporate Action Network, a consumer group, are asking you to share the link below with
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Legal News

Breaking News* Plaintiff Loses first Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Trial

After a two week trial, Boston Scientific won its first product liability trial over transvaginal mesh. The jurors returned the verdict around 5 pm Tuesday, July 29. On March 9, 2010, Diane Albright received the implant made by Boston Scientific – the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit.  According to her complaint, Albright suffered mesh complications
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Medical News

Imaging Device: Translabial Ultrasound “Sees” Mesh Imaging Device: Translabial Ultrasound “Sees” Mesh

“I have removed more than 900 mesh for complications in the last 5-6 years. Tranaslabial ultrasound is an important adjuvant to the diagnosis and treatment of this patients.” Those are the words of the leading mesh removal surgeon in the world, Dr. Shlomo Raz, MD in an exchange with Mesh News Desk. The Professor of Urology
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Op-Ed

Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh

Remember the Stories of Anger series from a couple of years ago? Read it here. Women were speaking out and expressing their frustration with the medical system, their anger at the Food and Drug Administration and of course, their disgust with pelvic mesh manufacturers. The following are some of their quotes. I am now looking
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Media Reports

New York Times on Mesh Injuries and Texas Torts New York Times on Mesh Injuries and Texas Torts

Texas has had an inquiry into mesh manufacturers, specifically Johnson & Johnson, for two years and nine other states have joined in.  The New York Times, in its Texas edition reports that Aaron Horton and her Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured is helping women to recognize their injuries and providing them with information and
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Your Turn

ProteGen Mesh  ~ The Grandmother of them All ProteGen Mesh ~ The Grandmother of them All

Fantastic researcher and friend, Suzanne McClain has always been the most competent person in digging through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration records (FDA), tedious work which involves a lot of patience. Here she has prepared a spreadsheet that shows the Johnson & Johnson meshes, and predicate devices used in order to clear them through
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Mesh Reading Room Resource

In the Beginning: Suffering in Silence

I recently was asked how I started with mesh as a topic for reporting. I’m not mesh-injured myself. The reader wanted to know if I had a family member or friend who had mesh. No, I said, but when working as the National News Editor for InjuryBoard people started calling me. This was back in
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We hope you find this a helpful resource. National News Editor, Jane Akre, began MDND with the hope of providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that goes under-reported in much of the coverage of medical devices. The public is just now becoming aware that many devices do not undergo the same scrutiny as prescription drugs and are instead grandfathered in under an FDA loophole that has gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. As a result, patients become the post-market clinical trial subjects, and many suffer devastating and permanent injuries.