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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-  Closing arguments [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...]

C.R. Bard Sold $24 Billion, Transvaginal Mesh Maker With 15k lawsuits

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 24, 2017 ~ C.R. Bard to be sold for $24 billion.    Sunday it was announced that Becton Dickinson (BD) and Company (NYSE BDX) will acquire C.R. Bard for $317.00 per common share in cash and stock.   The agreement totals $24 billion. As was the case when AMS was [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

Can You Change Your Law Firm?

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 15, 2017 ~ Can you change law firms if you are unhappy with your representation? Get your retainer agreement and look at the fine print is a first place to start.  When you research whether you can leave your law firm, most references are for attorneys. At least once [continue reading...]
Medical News

Medical Study on Chronic Mesh Pain Needs to Hear From You!

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 6, 2017 ~ People suffering with chronic pain are asked to attend a one-day workshop in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Still Standing, a contributor to Mesh News Desk, is involved with a partnership with the University  of Maryland and other institutions from around the world to teach researchers [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

Cisson Case Tests Georgia’s Punitive Damages

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 24, 2017 ~ The Cisson v. C.R. Bard case resulted in a windfall for Georgia’s state treasury, not for Cisson.  Tort reform came in Georgia in 1987. The Georgia Tort Reform Act was launched by Big Business, such as tobacco and asbestos, to curtail plaintiff victories in court. [continue reading...]
Your Turn

Dr. Bendavid Answers Hernia Questions

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 2, 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.   Here is a question presented to the expert.  This should [continue reading...]
Mesh Reading Room Resource

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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