Important Links, Resources, Support

Nov 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Mesh Reading Room Resource

THE READING ROOM

This is a great place to get started if you are new to the issues and experiencing complications which you can’t explain following mesh implantation surgery.

Mesh Medical Device News Desk (MND)

http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Mesh Medical Device News Desk Facebook Group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/142368339207055/

MDND Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mesh-Medical-Device-News-Desk/108924532565482

Medical Mesh Legal Support
http://www.facebook.com/groups/209955715772164/

Mesh Legal Support Page
https://www.facebook.com/MedicalMeshLegalSupport

TVT-No Mesh Survivors
http://www.facebook.com/groups/158270334301550/

Links on Mesh
http://www.facebook.com/groups/412960308757497/permalink/425718040815057/

SurvivingMesh
http://www.facebook.com/SurvivingMESH

TVT Mum- UK site for mesh injured patients
http://www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/

Meshies United Group – UK
http://www.meshiesunitedgroup.co.uk/

Meshed Up- European Union site for mesh sufferers in The Netherlands
http://www.meshedup.eu/

Australian Women’s Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/POPSurgicalMeshMuster

Change.org- Petition for Accountability by mesh Device Companies
http://www.change.org/petitions/fda-and-us-supreme-court-accoutability-of-med-device-companies-injurydeath-from-their-products

* Always be aware whether or not your resource comes directly from an industry source which while it may provide valuable information, may downplay adverse events or complications.

 

FDA

October 2008- Medical Device Alert and Notice, October 20, 2008 – FDA Public Health Notification about complications associated with surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm061976.htm

July 2011- Alerts and Notice, July 13, 2011 – FDA Safety Communication: UPDATE  on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse,
This is a much more strongly worded caution about surgical mesh questioning whether benefit is worth the risk, but falls short of a recall. See symptoms the FDA has received from its adverse event database here.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm

FDA White Paper on Mesh, July 2011, an excellent summary
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/UCM262760.pdf

How to Post an Adverse Event with the FDA
http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/?p=569

Institute of Medicine, July 29, 2011 – One hour briefing public discussion following a special independent report on the FDA’s 510(k) approval process
http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/iom/110729/globe_show/default_go_archive.cfm?gsid=1730

The IOM Report, July 29,2011 – The report calls the 510(k) process “fatally flawed”
www.iom.edu/510kprocess

 

PROFESSIONAL GROUPS

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) & American Urogynecological Society (AUGS) – Both professional societies issued a Joint Recommendations, November 21, 2011, that the use of synthetic mesh placed vaginally for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapsed “should be reserved for thigh-risk women for whom the benefit may justify the risk.”  The groups urge a national registry to track outcomes after placement.

http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr11-21-11-2.cfm

Patient POV
Journalist Laura Newman reports on medical issues from the patient point-of-view
http://www.patientpov.org/

 

CITIZEN ADVOCACY

Public Citizen- issued a petition August 25, 2011 to have synthetic surgical mesh recalled from the market.

Press release:
http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3405

Petition here:
http://www.citizen.org/documents/Petition_to_Ban_Surgical_Mesh_for_Transvaginal_Repair_of_Pelvic_Organ_Prolapse.pdf

Dr. Lewis Wall- Washington University
http://www.citizen.org/documents/wall_statement_on_POP_mesh_petition.pdf

Dr. Daniel Elliott  – Mayo Clinic
http://www.citizen.org/documents/1963-Elliott_statement_in_support_of_HRG_petition.pdf

Consumers Union- November 15, 2011, In a letter to Congress, Consumers Union urges medical device oversight and a rigorous review by the FDA for implantable medical devices so they do NOT get approved by the 510(k) process. Also calls for a issued a call for a patient registry and removal from the predicate list any device that has been recalled.
http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/core_health_care/018231.html

Consumers Union – Safe Patient Project
http://safepatientproject.org/topics/drugs_and_medical_devices/medical_device_safety

 

WEB SUPPORT/ DISCUSSIONS

Topix- Hernia Mesh Patch Recall
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/prweb/TE4DF83JKBNACOFNO/p229

Topix- Marlex Hernia Mesh Patch
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/prweb/T9PBVQ8O787R0LGG9/p4

Topix- Lawsuit filed GyneCare TVT
http://www.topix.com/forum/com/jnj/TTE0RAIRMP5EFC052/p127

Topix- Injured by Ethicon’s Prolene Hernia/ Bladder Mesh?
http://www.topix.com/forum/com/jnj/TVQK8627JBUIMHH31/p7

Topix- Ethicon Suture Recall
http://www.topix.com/forum/com/jnj/TG70DTQNSGV1MQQFO/p2

Earl Stevens’ Blog on Artificial Hip Medical Devices
http://earlsview.com

Australian Women’s Facebook Page on Mesh
http://www.facebook.com/POPSurgicalMeshMuster

Diane Fichter’s Blog
www.imallmeshedup.wordpress.com

 



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2 Comments to “Important Links, Resources, Support”

  1. Kathleen says:

    JANE!!!!! this is completey awesome information. Thanks for all your hard work and making it so much easier to communicate this much needed information. You are the best. Thank you!!!!!!

  2. Linda Dodson says:

    Jane,

    This is great information! One stop shopping! I’m in the process of helping a friend gather information on questions to ask her doctor. Instead of my sending her to different websites, you have it all on your site.

    Thanks!

    Linda

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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.