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Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) grabbed headlines this week for withdrawing from the market power morcellators, manufactured by subsidiary Ethicon, citing “uncertainty” about the “risk-benefit assessment” associated with the device’s use. Just as important was the demonstration that the company is willing, in some cases, to do the right thing. This action renews hope that JNJ
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ProteGen Mesh ~ The Grandmother of them All

Jul 13th, 2014 | By
ProteGen Mesh  ~ The Grandmother of them All

Fantastic researcher and friend, Suzanne McClain has always been the most competent person in digging through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration records (FDA), tedious work which involves a lot of patience. Here she has prepared a spreadsheet that shows the Johnson & Johnson meshes, and predicate devices used in order to clear them through
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Women’s Open Letter to Doctors – The Truth About Pelvic Mesh

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
Women’s Open Letter to Doctors – The Truth About Pelvic Mesh

The letter below is from Noni Wideman, researcher extraordinaire! and long time contributor to Mesh News Desk and her own Links on Mesh, a Facebook page. Here. This is a letter you may want to share with your medical practitioners or anyone who needs an update on the current crisis in women’s healthcare. Thank you. 
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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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Your Turn: Take a Mesh Buddy with You to a Dr. Appt

May 28th, 2014 | By
Your Turn: Take a Mesh Buddy with You to a Dr. Appt

This Mesh News Desk reader has an important point… do not go to a doctor’s appointment without a person who understands mesh complications and is on your side. Also check the doctor’s notes to make sure they match yours.  Thank you reader! Jane, One more thing I think this is important.  I know so many
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UK Woman Notes Changes to J&J Website

May 8th, 2014 | By

Seems a bit strange if you visit these websites  particularly Ethicon and you try to access SUI and POP products, you get an  access denied message.  Hernia lighter meshes are accessible. If they have nothing to hide why are they hiding  products that previously were vigorously marketed and easily  accessed? Type TVT-O of Gynecare in the
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When Doctors Speak……Should We Always Listen?

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
When Doctors Speak……Should We Always Listen?

A Mesh News Desk thoughtful reader has this to say about the Position Statement from the American Urogynecology Society  (AUGS). See background story here. You may recall they feel the use of pelvic mesh is justified and still a “tool” they want to have in their toolbox. That may be a fallback position but as
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Your Turn: After the Ethicon decision

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

This woman who will go unnamed has written her thoughts about the Charleston decision regarding the TVT implant and the judge’s decision to cut short a jury decision and to make the decision on his own.   She admits she was frustrated and it was 3 am but she felt better afterward.  As the only reporter
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Medical Discounts for Flights Offered by Delta

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
Medical Discounts for Flights Offered by Delta

A Mesh Sufferer needed to fly to have a removal surgery… this is what she was told by the friendly folks at Delta Airlines. It may apply to other airlines as well…   ” I didn’t know about it either, found out by accident. I was trying to make reservations for my next surgery with
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Countdown: The Mesh Warrior’s Campaign to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

Jan 18th, 2014 | By
Countdown: The Mesh Warrior’s Campaign to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

Mesh New Desk is friends with contributor, Aaron Horton, The Mesh Warrior, so named because she advocates on behalf of women injured by transvaginal mesh. Her mother is among them. Last July,  Aaron wrote a heartfelt essay on living with a mother in desperate need of removal surgery after multiple mesh complications and her wait
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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.