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New* Fridays with the FDA: One Lovely Lady’s Plea

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

A lovely woman called me this afternoon. Her suggestion for a Friday effort and beyond!! She can’t be identified but she says: “The FDA is giving us an opportunity to speak and get mesh reclassified so  more women will be less likely to innocently have it done to them. Doctors would be forced to give
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#Not One More Campaign

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
#Not One More Campaign

The #NotOneMore campaign is a Public Service Announcement sponsored by the Mesh Warrior foundation for the Injured. Its mission is to raise awareness abuot the dangers of polypropylene mes used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence and for hernia repair.  It was never tested on humans. These women add their voices to the
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Women Protest Texas Taxpayers Picking up Tab on Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
Women Protest Texas Taxpayers Picking up Tab on Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Reporter Janet St. James tells viewers in the Dalla,s Texas area that the costs of mesh injuries are enormous and YOU the taxpayer are picking up the tab. Her report aired today on the ABC station, WFAA,  and featured the letter from the Corporate Action Network to the Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott asking
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Why Scotland Banned Pelvic Mesh

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
Why Scotland Banned Pelvic Mesh

While mesh-injured Americans have been trying to raise the profile on their injuries and the fact that mesh use is ongoing in this country, Scottish women managed to speak directly to their government and the government listened! What made the difference? The fact that one can petition the government directly. The women testified to a
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In the Beginning: Suffering in Silence

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

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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Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh!

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh!

  One day after one of the country’s health boards voted to ban the use of transvaginal mesh use in that country, Scotland’s Health Secretary Alex Neil has requested the use of mesh implants stop in Scotland until an investigation into mesh complications is conducted. About 1,500 women undergo transvaginal mesh implants in Scotland every
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A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants

After an effective campaign where women spoke directly to a Scottish Parliamentary Committee, a Scottish Health Board has decided to ban the use of transvaginal mesh implants used as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. This is the first board to suspend the plastic mesh implants reports the Sunday Mail’s reporter Marion Scott here. The
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Mesh Injuries Front Page News as Scottish Mesh Petitioners Meet With Parliament

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
Mesh Injuries Front Page News as Scottish Mesh Petitioners Meet With Parliament

Today’s story from the BBC shows women in Scotland implanted with pelvic mesh are making front page news and making headway in their fight to raise awareness of pelvic mesh injuries. See the BBC story here. Tuesday, several mesh implant survivors gave “heartbreaking” evidence to the Scottish Parliament Committee. The Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign has
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Open Letter to Doctors – A Serious Concern as Doctors Divide

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
Open Letter to Doctors – A Serious Concern as Doctors Divide

Editorial- Jane Akre, MND – In July 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication that surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) carried more risks than benefits and was “of serious concern.”  See the notice here. Mesh erosion can “require multiple surgeries to repair and can be debilitating
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June – Watching and Waiting for News of Mesh Settlements, Reclassification

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

Tensions are beginning to get strained over the extremely long wait for justice for the mesh- injured. Welcome to Mesh News Desk aka MMDND your source for all news mesh-related. Much is happening at this time but much of it is behind the scenes.   Take for example, the recent announcement that Endo/AMS had decided to
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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.