Archive for May 2012

David and Teresa Sawyer Establish Patient Advocacy Group

May 31st, 2012 | By
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May 31, 2012 ~  David and Teresa Sawyer from Curtice, Ohio faced a traumatic introduction to a medical device that would change their lives. When Teresa was implanted with a transvaginal tape (TVT) bladder lift in February 2010 she had an almost immediate reaction. Teresa explains “my whole body went nuts.” She says, “I couldn’t
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The Patriot Ledger: Boston Scientific Faces Nearly 300 Mesh Implant Complication Lawsuits

May 29th, 2012 | By
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May 29, 2012 ~ According to an article published in The Patriot Ledger, Boston Scientific was sued in Boston federal court May 2, by Sheila Roach of Modesto, California. She blames a mid-urethral sling implanted in May 2008 on injuries that followed including debilitating pain and infections which necessitated corrective surgery in 2010. Natick-based Boston
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Q & A Your turn ~ Ask me a Question, I’ll Post the Answers

May 29th, 2012 | By
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Hello Everyone- I’m interested in starting an active Question and Answer section of this website.  Are you confused by the medical jargon surrounding mesh?  How about the legal issues? People visiting this site come from all different backgrounds and have different levels of expertise and knowledge so don’t be shy.  If you have a question
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Family Tree of Meshes from The Female Patient, April 2009

May 28th, 2012 | By
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If you find it difficult to understand all of the different types of synthetic transvaginal mesh, this graphic from The Female Patient, April 2009 may help.

Changes in Female Sexual Function Following TVM Surgery

May 27th, 2012 | By
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May 27, 2012 ~ What’s interesting is that the comparison of female sexual functioning following transvaginal mesh surgery has never been reported before. Published online in the May 21, issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan wanted to know whether female sexual function returned following anterior and total
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Litigation: Vaginal Mesh Status Conference May 2012

May 27th, 2012 | By
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May 27, 2012 ~ The Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing all four vaginal mesh MDLs (multidistrict litigation) in his U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. A status conference was held Thursday, May 24, 2012, in the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia to coordinate the discovery process and set
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Pelvic Mesh: A Story of Social Injustice in Public Health

May 25th, 2012 | By
Amy Gezon

by Amy Gezon, August 19, 2011 *Editors Note *  Amy Gezon allowed me to reprint this story that appeared in Yahoo News. It has many resources and is a great primer on the issues! Thanks Amy!! On July 13, 2011 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a second warning against the use
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Senate Passes FDA Funding Bill Minus Major Patient Safety Provisions

May 24th, 2012 | By
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May 24, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one step closer to being funded for the next five years in a bi-partisan vote considered good for the FDA and industry – but what about patients? The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act passed on an unusual bi-partisan vote,  96-1,
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Politico Ad: Consumers Union Warns the FDA Cannot Protect Patients

May 22nd, 2012 | By
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May 22, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has as its mission the protection of the American people from dangerous consumer products such as food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices – right? Consumers Union in a recent poll found most Americans  believe safety is the FDA’s mission, so why then is the consumer
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Suffering in Silence: Nonie Wideman ~ Canadian Child Advocate and Rancher Sidelined By Transvaginal Mesh

May 21st, 2012 | By
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Nonie Wideman might be considered one of those angels on earth who pays it forward by taking into her home kids with all sorts of special and emotional needs – those who have suffered trauma and abuse, autism, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, and handicaps, among other issues. Wideman, 57, and her husband Bob, 65, have
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