Welcome to Mesh/ Medical Device News Desk (MDND)
Putting a Face on Adverse Events
I hope you find this a helpful resource. I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began MDND in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product. Patients receiving the same product for hernia repairs are increasingly reporting the same complications. That’s where Mesh News Desk comes in.
The public has learned about mesh complications largely through law firm advertisements but the story behind the solicitations remains largely untold. “Putting a Face on Adverse Events” is the mission of MND and its role has expanded as more information becomes available.
The public is just now becoming aware that many medical 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. I believe this is one of the most incredible public health issues of our day!
Mesh News Desk, also known as, Mesh Medical Device News Desk is committed to providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that still appears to be under the radar of most major news organizations unless there is a large jury award. There have been a few. Patients, women, men, citizens deserve to have comprehensive fact-based reporting on these devices and medical procedures so they can have truly informed consent.
MND vows to provide balanced reports produced with the highest professional journalistic standards, talking to all sides and to investigate issues behind the headlines concerning medical devices and surgical mesh. MND follows the standards of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. An appearance on this website should not be considered an endorsement.
Information that appears here is not intended to substitute for legal or medical advice from professionals. Also be forewarned, anything published can be subject to discovery demands for litigation so please thing twice before hitting a “send” key. Extremely personal information may be best shared with your legal and medical professionals.
My Interest in FDA and Surgical Mesh
I first became acquainted with the issues in 2009 and produced a series for Injuryboard called, Suffering in Silence, Part 1-4 (here) where I interviewed many men and women who are suffering the effects of synthetic mesh used for hernia repair and female pelvic floor reconstruction.
My Background – I have been a journalist for nearly 30 years working as a broadcaster, anchor and reporter at stations all around the country as well as CNN. I’ve won numerous awards including the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Ethics as well as the Goldman Prize, North America 2001 for environmental reporting. My husband and I challenged News Corp after it tried to suppress a story about synthetic bovine growth hormone used in much of the nation’s dairy supply. The litigation lasted eight years and included a jury award after a 5 week trial and an appeal of that decision.
Understanding the way the FDA approved rBGH is very similar to the way some medical devices slip through critical scrutiny by a federal regulatory system that sometimes feels more like the tail wagging the dog. Our story was told in the film, The Corporation, see a clip (here). My bio appears on Journalism Juice website (here).
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