Patient Profiles

A “Gold Standard” for Hernia Repair and the Patients’ Post-surgical Understanding of Unreasonable Mesh Device and Procedural Risks?

Aug 19th, 2014 | By
A “Gold Standard” for Hernia Repair and the Patients’ Post-surgical  Understanding of Unreasonable Mesh Device and Procedural Risks?

By David Schmidt Thank you Jane for this opportunity to share my experience as a U.S. hernia patient harmed, via the standard of care, by two large 4.3” x 6.3,” heavyweight, polypropylene Bard 3DMax Mesh implants. My story begins, as any patient’s does, with the blind trust placed in a physician. On April 18, 2007,
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Estelle Finds Complete TVT Removal

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
Estelle Finds Complete TVT Removal

“Estelle Tasz, 38, sat on the plane heading to St. Louis for her second pelvic mesh removal in as many months. She had surgery one month earlier at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for removal of her transvaginal mesh, a TVT retropubic sling made by Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson). However, one hour after
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Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection

Estelle Tasz calls her home “organized chaos.” The 37-year old mother of four is home now after more than one month in Los Angeles where she went one night in a desperate bid to find medical help. Estelle thought it was necessary to travel 2,400 miles to get help after four hospitals in her home
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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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AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction

May 28th, 2014 | By
AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction

Today Corporate Action Network launched what is planned to be the first of a 50 state campaign to urge the Attorneys General of all 50 states to investigate healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for mesh-injuries and their related costs and the destruction of documents requested in litigation. There are presently at least 22,000 product liability
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Shareholders, CEO Meet With Those Injured by J&J Mesh

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
Shareholders, CEO Meet With Those Injured by J&J Mesh

It was not an easy trip for this mesh-injured group to make to New Brunswick, New Jersey, home of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J). As editor of Mesh News Desk, I had gathered five mesh-injured to fly into town but we were warned that while access to the annual J&J shareholders meeting April 24
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Breaking News – Johnson & Johnson Face-to-Face With Mesh Injured

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
Breaking News – Johnson & Johnson Face-to-Face With Mesh Injured

It has been many years since the mesh injured in this community have felt this empowered speaking truth to power. On Thursday, three mesh -injured women spoke to the board of directors of healthcare giant Johnson and Johnson inside their shareholders meeting  while outside, investors entering the meeting encountered mesh survivors and their messages during a morning news conference. Signs
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Trial News: J&J TVT-O Mesh Found Defective

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Trial News:   J&J TVT-O Mesh Found Defective

BREAKING NEWS !! The trial of Linda Batiste v. Ethicon concluded April 3, 2014, just before 6pm central time with the jury returning a verdict that the TVT-O mesh implanted in Batiste was defectively designed. That was the central count to this product liability trial.  The jury awarded her $1.2 million. This marks the second
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Suffering in Silence: Hernia Mesh Patient Bruce Rosenberg

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
Suffering in Silence: Hernia Mesh Patient Bruce Rosenberg

Transvaginal mesh has been used in women to shore up pelvic organs since the late 1990s but long before that, the same polypropylene mesh was used in the treatment of hernias. In fact, it was thought that pelvic organ prolapse (POP) where the bladder, vagina, uterus or colon fall through the vaginal opening due 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.