Huskey v. Ethicon – Industry Rep Denies Mesh Has Problems

Patient Profiles

Huskey v. Ethicon – Industry Rep Denies Mesh Has Problems

Day six of Husky v. Ethicon had the defense putting forth its best case. After Dr. Thames, the polypropylene expert,  was dismissed from the morning session it was time for the taped deposition of Dr. Aaron Kirkemo, MD, a urologist and assistant  Medical Director for Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Kirkemo had
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Patient Profiles

Judge Goodwin Expresses Confusion? ‘Gold Standard’ or Defective Pelvic Mesh?

  *Editor’s Note~ MND editor has been the only reporter covering these trials so the comments by Judge Goodwin as the days testimony ended, were particularly noteworthy. Judge Goodwin has shown a lighthearted spirit joking with the jurors and even the attorneys. Once calling a sidebar after an absence of one he said “I’ve missed
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Transvaginal Mesh – Does it Degrade? Defense Day One Hinges on Science Transvaginal Mesh – Does it Degrade? Defense Day One Hinges on Science

This coverage is provided in conjunction with We Are Mesh Survivors, a coalition of synthetic vaginal mesh implant survivors united to demand justice for those who have suffered and to demand that existing products be pulled from the market until their safety can be demonstrated. This is the first day for the defense in Huskey v.
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Judge Denies Directed Verdict and Punitives in Federal J&J Trial Judge Denies Directed Verdict and Punitives in Federal J&J Trial

This coverage is provided in conjunction with We Are Mesh Survivors, a coalition of synthetic vaginal mesh implant survivors united to demand justice for those who have suffered and to demand that existing products be pulled from the market until their safety can be demonstrated. Plaintiffs Rest their Case As the plaintiffs rested their case in
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J&J Attacks Credibility of Plaintiff Expert Witness J&J Attacks Credibility of Plaintiff Expert Witness

FRIDAY’S TESTIMONY On this fifth day of the Huskey v Ethicon case, it would be important for Johnson & Johnson to raise questions about the credibility and conclusions of Thursday’s expert witness for the plaintiff, world renowned urogynecologist Dr. Jerry Blavais. Plaintiff, Jo Huskey had a TVT-O implanted in February of 2011 to treat urinary
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Renowned Urologist for the Plaintiffs Does Not Use Synthetic Mesh Renowned Urologist for the Plaintiffs Does Not Use Synthetic Mesh

This coverage is provided in conjunction with We Are Mesh Survivors, a coalition of synthetic vaginal mesh implant survivors united to demand justice for those who have suffered and to demand that existing products be pulled from the market until their safety can be demonstrated. You could call the afternoon witness in the Huskey v. Ethicon
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Welcome- Why We're Here

September Brings Mesh Trials – Finally September Brings Mesh Trials – Finally

Welcome to Mesh News Desk/ Mesh Medical Device News Desk! When it rains it pours.  This week there were THREE pelvis mesh trials all at the same time! Forget the fact that we have waited for many months to have any litigation…. then they come all at once.  Thanks goes out to Courtroom View Network,
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Feature

POWER MORCELLATION and the Risk of Uterine Sarcoma Dissemination POWER MORCELLATION and the Risk of Uterine Sarcoma Dissemination

By Dan Bolton, Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP., Sponsored Content An estimated 50,000 women a year in the United States undergo a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) with the use of a medical device known as a power morcellator. Power morcellators typically use a rapidly rotating blade to cut
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FDA

Thank You All for Telling the FDA to Reclassify!! Thank You All for Telling the FDA to Reclassify!!

Thank you,,, thank you…. thank you! I talked to the FDA today  and they say that it could take many months for individuals within the FDA to read all of the comments made to a Petition to reclassify pelvic mesh as High Risk!    Some of you may have posted that you wanted to be private
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Legal News

Salazar V. Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Trial in Dallas Salazar V. Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Trial in Dallas

Mesh News Desk is grateful to Joleen Chambers as our court watcher. She is sitting in the trial of Martha Salazar v. Boston Scientific. Here are her notes.  She reports that on Wednesday, August 27, Plaintiff Martha Salazar (MS) was seated and was in obvious discomfort. Salazar has filed a product liability lawsuit against Natick,
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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

Dallas Trial, Salazar v Boston Scientific Covered by Dallas Observer Dallas Trial, Salazar v Boston Scientific Covered by Dallas Observer

The Dallas Observer and reporter Amy Silverstein offer this coverage of the Martha Salazar v. Boston Scientific trial underway in Dallas. She wrote  a May feature story, about the Batiste trial. She was awarded $1.2 million by a jury in her defective mesh case against Johnson & Johnson.  Jurors also found her TVT-O was defectively
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Your Turn

Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) grabbed headlines this week for withdrawing from the market power morcellators, manufactured by subsidiary Ethicon, citing “uncertainty” about the “risk-benefit assessment” associated with the device’s use. Just as important was the demonstration that the company is willing, in some cases, to do the right thing. This action renews hope that JNJ
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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.