Media Reports

TVT-NO Founders Radio Interview on the Struggle to Help Others

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
TVT-NO Founders Radio Interview on the Struggle to Help Others

Teresa and David Sawyer of Ohio talk to DrugWatch Radio about how they established their nonprofit organization TVT-NO after Teresa received a Gynecare TVT Bladder Sling. She is still suffering. Teresa calls mesh a “genocide on women.” She and David talk about the FDA’s failure to protect the public, what women are being told today
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Survey: Transvaginal Mesh Advertising Frightens Patients

May 28th, 2013 | By
Survey: Transvaginal Mesh Advertising Frightens Patients

May 28, 2013 ~ Medscape Medical News reports that all of those ads you see on television warning about the complications from transvaginal mesh are worrying women and raising a red flag about whether it is a viable option, but not scaring them away.  Story is here. Women from two urology and urogynecolocy clinics were
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Saskatchewan Protest Over Mesh

May 12th, 2013 | By
Saskatchewan Protest Over Mesh

May 11, 2013 ~ A group gathered outside a Saskatoon City Hospital Saturday to bring awareness to the dangers of polypropylene surgical mesh. Synthetic mesh is often used as a first-line treatment for incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) however the women who have had the treatment want to warn others away from that option.
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Scotland’s The Sunday Mail: The Pain is All in Your Head

May 8th, 2013 | By
Scotland’s The Sunday Mail: The Pain is All in Your Head

  May 8, 2013 ~ by MARION SCOTT~As Scotland’s mesh victims go to parliament to meet with Health Secretary Alex Neil, one mum reveals how she planned to take her own life after doctors told her the pain was all in her head. Karen Neil’s courageous account of how mesh implants drove her to suicide
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The Sunday Mail: Women Need to Know, They’re Not Being Told

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
The Sunday Mail: Women Need to Know, They’re Not Being Told

April 30, 2013~ Marion Scott of the Sunday Mail reports for MDND on  the news published this past Sunday in the Scottish tabloid newspaper. The article features a full page shot of attorney Adam Slater who was interviewed by Scott. Slater is the attorney who recently won an award on behalf of mesh victim Linda
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Surgical Mesh Complications Tear Lives Apart

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
Surgical Mesh Complications Tear Lives Apart

March 25, 2013~ First Coast News Jacksonville has just aired the latest mesh complication story at its Gannett station. See the story here. “The pain was severe enough that I couldn’t stay still on the bed.”  “It just became unbearable.  I went into seclusion from this.“ These are some of the comments from the four
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PBS “Need to Know” Friday, March 22 on FDA and Medical, Surgical Devices

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By
PBS “Need to Know”  Friday, March 22 on FDA and Medical, Surgical Devices

March 22, 2013 ~ Friday night, March 22, Public Broadcasting (PBS) looks into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of medical devices and how so many enter the market with little review and oversight. The 510(k) process allows devices on the market after the manufacturer requests clearance from the FDA and names a
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Canadian Women Seek Transvaginal Mesh Removal Help in the U.S.

Feb 20th, 2013 | By
Canadian Women Seek Transvaginal Mesh Removal Help in the U.S.

February  20, 2013~  When CTV News (Canadian Television) did a story last April on transvaginal mesh injuries, the number of women coming forward stunned the reporter and producer. So the network did a follow-up Tuesday, February 19. Medical/Health Reporter Avis Favaro (background here) and producer Elizabeth St. Philip found more women speaking out to say
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Mesh Top Medical Story in Canada at CTV

Dec 31st, 2012 | By
Mesh Top Medical Story in Canada at CTV

  December 31, 2012 ~ Canada’s CTV Health Reporter Avis Favro in a review of the Top Ten medical stories of 2012 recounts how mesh elicited more responses than any other story that year, more than she thought possible.  Here are her thoughts. U.S. media are you listening? There are 10,000 cases filed in the
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President Obama Will Not Delay Med Device Tax

Dec 16th, 2012 | By
President Obama Will Not Delay Med Device Tax

December 17, 2012 ~ A new medical device tax is set to go into effect January 1, 2013 and President Obama says it will not be delayed. Part of the Affordable Care Act, medical device manufacturers have strenuously objected to the 2.3% tax to be imposed on every medical device sale unless the manufacturer has
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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.