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Morcellator Activist, Victim Amy Reed Dies at 44

Mesh  Medical Device News Desk, May 25, 2017 ~ Drs. Amy Reed and Hooman Noorchashm put a public face on the failures of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and how it regulates medical devices.  Amy Reed, the Philadelphia physician who put a public, tragic face on the outcome of unregulated medical devices has [continue reading...]


Kavaler Expert Witness for J&J on Stand in Beltz Mesh Trial

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 17, 201 ~ Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urogynecologist, appeared as an expert witness for Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in a Philadelphia product liability trial over transvaginal mesh Wednesday. The defense presented her as a medical expert in the case of Beltz v. Ethicon. [*UPDATE-  The Beltz [continue reading...]

Beltz Pelvic Mesh Trial in Philadelphia- Will it be Fourth PA Court Loss for J&J?

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 11, 2017 ~ The case of Sharon Beltz began with jury selection Monday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the same venue where there have been three straight losses for J&J over its transvaginal mesh, which includes $34.5 million in punitive damages Does this comport with the [continue reading...]

Boston Scientific Plans Mass Pelvic Mesh Settlements

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 9, 2017 ~ According to its quarterly federal filing, Boston Scientific, one of seven medical device manufacturers  facing thousands of product liability cases over its pelvic mesh, plans to settle 37,000 cases with certain plaintiff attorneys without admitting any fault. Quarterly reports that shareholders read are always enlightening [continue reading...]

JNJ Shareholders Hear Promises of Patients and Sustainability

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 30, 2017 ~ At this year’s annual J&J shareholders meeting, CEO Alex Gorsky promised that the company puts patients first. Protesters outside in the streets shared a different view. But did shareholders even see or did they care?   While about 30 protesters lined the streets, shouting and [continue reading...]

J&J Hit With $20 M Verdict in 3rd Philadelphia Pelvic Mesh Trial

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 28, 2017 ~ In the last 15 months  J&J and its Ethicon medical device division has accrued $34.5 million in punitive damages over its transvaginal meshes. Another 200 cases await trial in this Philadelphia courtroom and hundreds are poised in a Bergen, New Jersey court ready for trial. [continue reading...]

May Flowers and Mesh Friendships

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 1, 2017 ~ Hello to everyone. I hope this May finds you in a hopeful mood and  regaining your health. If not, I certainly hope you can connect with the mesh community that seems to be springing up all over the Internet!   Please reach out to others [continue reading...]

Breast Implants and a Rare Cancer Possible Link to Biofilms

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 15, 2017 ~ Breast Implants, particularly textured variety, have been linked to biofilm and a small cell lymphoma. The FDA has been taking in accounts since 2011.    The New York Times on May 14th tells the story of a woman who had breast reconstructive surgery after a [continue reading...]
FDA News

Does the FDA’s MAUDE Work?

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 17, 2017 ~ Does MAUDE work? MAUDE is the FDA’s central database that’s supposed to identify problems with medical devices that are on the market. Washington University did a review and found it was inadequate.  Printed on the website of Society of American Gastrointestsinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES),is [continue reading...]
Legal News

J&J’ Deceptive Practices Brings $33 Mil Fine

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 25, 2017 ~ For years, the healthcare giant has faced scrutiny over the cleanliness of its plants that produce its over-the-counter products.   Now J&J must pay $33 million over its “deceptive practices.” Fierce Pharma breaks the story this afternoon (here) of the $33 million fine Johnson & [continue reading...]
Medical News

Senate Bill Restricts Gifts From Big Pharma

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 24, 2017 ~ A bill just passed the California state Senate that restricts Big Pharma gifts to medical professionals, with the goal of reducing conflicts of interest. SB 790 severely restricts pharmaceutical companies from providing consulting fees, entertainment, flights, speaking fees, all of which can make the recipient [continue reading...]

Your Turn – Traumatic Evil, Pocket Change of Tyrants

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, March 20, 2017 ~ The following essay was written by a mesh-injured woman. She is looking forward to an upcoming trip where she will sit on a beach and contemplate her present and her future. These words represent her opinion.  She prefers to stay anonymous.   Traumatic Evil, Pocket [continue reading...]
Media Reports

Scottish Mesh Inquiry Blows-Up

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 23, 2017 ~ An official mesh inquiry has blown up in Scotland, falling short of  protecting the public, claim campaigners. A story in the Sunday Post from reporter Marion Scott (here) says an independent inquiry will be conducted into conflicts of interest among authors of an official report that [continue reading...]
Your Turn

Dr. Bendavid Answers Hernia Questions

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 23, 2017 ~  Dr. Robert Bendavid is a leading hernia surgeon with Shouldice Clinic in Toronto, Canada. He also believes in non-mesh repairs for hernia whenever possible and Shouldice does not use mesh in its hernia repairs.   Shouldice Clinic in Thornhill, Ontario, is the only licensed hospital [continue reading...]
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Angel Flight May Help You

Please be aware if you need transportation to a doctor who specializes in treating injuries resulting from your medical device, Angel Flight may be there to help. Angel Flight West  is a nonprofit organization that arranges air travel for those with serious medical conditions.  There are 1,400 pilots located in 13 western states who donate [continue reading...]
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