Archive for July 2012

Federal Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard says Mesh is Not Inert

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
Federal Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard says Mesh is Not Inert

July  30, 2012 ~ This is a brief synopsis of the  lawsuit that has been filed against C.R. Bard, a synthetic vaginal mesh manufacturer. You may see your mesh mentioned as they are all here. Summary provided by a non-lawyer so it’s best to read the actual case which is here. Final Master Complaint in
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J & J Execs to be Deposed About Vaginal Mesh – What Did They Know – When Did They Know It

Jul 29th, 2012 | By
J & J Execs to be Deposed About Vaginal Mesh – What Did They Know – When Did They Know It

July 29, 2012 ~ Johnson & Johnson’s new CEO is on the hot seat. Alex Gorsky must show up to provide a videotaped deposition concerning the upcoming Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending before a New Jersey Superior Court. Ethicon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The decision to require Gorsky and two
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Former FDA Drug Reviewer Speaks Out About Pressures to Approve Drugs

Jul 29th, 2012 | By
Former FDA Drug Reviewer Speaks Out About Pressures to Approve Drugs

Martha Rosenberg for Truthout (here) interviewed Ronald Kavanagh B.S. Pharm., Pharm. D. Ph.D who reviewed drugs for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. There he says reviewers such as himself encountered suppression of safety research and intimidation. Kavanagh tells Truthout:      “In the Center for Drugs [Center for Drug Evaluation and Research or CDER],
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Possible Expansion of Vaginal Mesh Litigation to Include Coloplast

Jul 26th, 2012 | By
Possible Expansion of Vaginal Mesh Litigation to Include Coloplast

July 26, 2012 ~ A panel of federal judges will meet on Thursday, July 26, to decide whether or not to expand vaginal mesh litigation to include a sixth multidistrict litigation. Currently there are four MDLs consolidated in Charleston, West Virginia before the Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The other MDL is in federal court
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One Bard Vaginal Mesh Trial Down – Thousands More to Go

Jul 24th, 2012 | By
One Bard Vaginal Mesh Trial Down – Thousands More to Go

Bard Trial Set to Begin February 2013 Friday’s $5.5 million verdict against C.R. Bard over its transvaginal mesh, the Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System, was the first of more than one-thousand lawsuits facing the company with the first one scheduled in federal court February 5, 2013. (Background story here). Christine Scott’s favorable verdict was heard
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C.R. Bard Loses $5.5 Million in Landmark Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Jul 24th, 2012 | By
C.R. Bard Loses $5.5 Million in Landmark Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

  July 24, 2012 ~ BREAKING NEWS! “Thank You God. We can finally get the word out to women.” Those are the words of Christine Scott, 53, a former runner who had a vaginal mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence in 2008. After that her health went downhill as the synthetic mesh eroded into
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When Marlex Mesh Erosion Appears as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Jul 20th, 2012 | By
When Marlex Mesh Erosion Appears as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

July 20, 2012 ~ In this published report in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine,  Jan-Feb 2012, doctors from Dewitt Amy Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA, determined irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be caused by a mesh complication. In this case a 50-year-old woman had Marlex hernia mesh implanted 13 years earlier to
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Could J & J Implosion Lead to Better Oversight?

Jul 20th, 2012 | By
Could J & J Implosion Lead to Better Oversight?

July 19, 2012 ~ Is more corporate oversight needed by Johnson & Johnson? After years of defective medications, contaminated children’s cold products, three closed manufacturing plants still in FDA hands , defective recalled metal hips, dangerous synthetic vaginal mesh the focus of thousands of lawsuits, kickbacks to docs to speed up sales, and illegally promoting
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Patient Advocate Joleen Chambers Needs Your Vote!

Jul 17th, 2012 | By
Patient Advocate Joleen Chambers Needs Your Vote!

Texas-based patient advocate, Joleen Chambers heads FIDA, FAILED Implant Device Alliance, their website is here. Chambers is interested in winning a Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Scholarship (more here). She needs daily votes! All you have to do is add a Facebook Like or Twitter Tweet button at the bottom of each post to
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Court: Drugmakers Do Not Have To Warn Patients About Drug Risks

Jul 17th, 2012 | By
Court: Drugmakers Do Not Have To Warn Patients About Drug Risks

July 17, 2012 ~ In a bizarre twist that puts one more advantage in the corporate side, the Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that manufacturers of pharmaceuticals do not have a responsibility to warn patients about the risks associated with using their products, even as they advertise directly to the public. A lower court
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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.