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Number of Websites Addressing Mesh Pain & Info Explodes Globally

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when the issue of polypropylene mesh used for surgery was known by a few people. Truth in Medicine was probably the first website devoted to mesh injuries. Mesh Medical Device News Desk (Mesh News Desk) came along in the summer of 2011. Today there has been
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Batiste v. Ethicon: Contentious Q & A with Medical Director Hinoul

Mar 29th, 2014 | By
Batiste v. Ethicon: Contentious Q & A with Medical Director Hinoul

Thursday’s transcript in the Linda Batiste v. Ethicon shows a contentious back and forth between Thomas Cartmell, the attorney for Ms. Batiste and Dr. Piet Hinoul, Medical Director for Ethicon, as the product liability enters its second week in a Dallas courtroom. In the beginning of the afternoon, defense attorney William Gage moved for a
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Batiste v Ethicon: Pelvic Mesh Survivor Takes the Stand

Mar 29th, 2014 | By
Batiste v  Ethicon: Pelvic Mesh Survivor Takes the Stand

Most of  Mesh News Desk readers are familiar with The Mesh Warrior, Aaron Horton has been spending some time in the Dallas courtroom to watch the proceedings of Batiste v. Ethicon as it enters its second week.  The Plaintiffs rested Wednesday but not before L.B. took the stand. Aaron  shares her observations with Mesh News
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Groups Calls for DOJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction, Launches Website

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
Groups Calls for DOJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction, Launches Website

Today, March 26th, a consumer group, Corporate Action Network (CAN) called on the Department of Justice (DOJ)  to investigate Johnson & Johnson for document destruction. A copy of the letter the group sent to Attorney General Eric Holder is here. CAN also announced the launch of the website  www.JohnsonAndJohnsonHurtsWomen.org in Response to Pattern of Defective
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Batiste v. Ethicon trial: An unexpected emotional rollercoaster in Texas

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
Batiste v. Ethicon trial: An unexpected emotional rollercoaster in Texas

by Aaron Leigh Horton  Aaron Leigh Horton arrived in the Dallas courtroom this morning, Monda,y March 24, to continue witnessing the trial of Linda Batiste v. Ethicon, now in its second week. Aaron, The Mesh Warrior, reports she had to leave the courtroom during some of the morning testimony because of the emotional toll it
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Day Two: Batiste v. Ethicon

Mar 19th, 2014 | By
Day Two: Batiste v. Ethicon

Aaron Horton has spend her second day in the Dallas Courtroom where Linda Batiste is attempting to hold Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, accountable for her mesh-related injuries. In 2011 she was implanted with the incontinence mesh TVT-O and today she continues to suffer the complications.  Horton, whose mother is mesh-injured (see background
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Linda Batiste v. Ethicon Day One of Testimony

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
Linda Batiste v. Ethicon  Day One of Testimony

Mesh News Desk correspondent Aaron Horton is sitting in this Dallas courtroom where the first state case since Linda Gross is being heard against Ethicon over its TVT-O transvaginal mesh.  Horton will take a breather and occasionally add her comments and observations. MND really appreciates her efforts!  The 14-member jury was selected (including alternates) and
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Texas Transvaginal Mesh Trial Alleges Defective Ethicon TVT-O

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
Texas Transvaginal Mesh Trial Alleges Defective Ethicon TVT-O

Linda Batiste v John Robert McNabb M.D. and Ethicon Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. Jury selection was completed Monday, March 17,  in a Dallas courtroom in the case of Linda Batiste v. Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson (13-cv-04800). This will be the second case that goes to trial in a state court. The case of Linda
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Federal Court Calendar for Transvaginal Mesh Cases in WV

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
Federal Court Calendar for Transvaginal Mesh Cases in WV

Many readers of Mesh News Desk are asking what has become of the bellwether trials that were supposed to take place in a timely manner. That has clearly not happened.  With the first C.R. Bard trial of Donna Cisson taking place in July 2013, the pace has been slow and ponderous leaving many mesh-injured plaintiffs
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Wall Street Journal: Transvaginal Mesh and $800,000 Conflicts of Interest

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
Wall Street Journal: Transvaginal Mesh and $800,000 Conflicts of Interest

Some of the names in this story may sound familiar, primary among them  Dr. Vincente Lucente. He was one of the doctors mentioned during the Linda Gross transvaginal mesh trial naming manufacturer Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson). Lucente was one of the young doctors brought under the wing of Ethicon to be a preceptor, or trainer
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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.