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Ethicon’s History of Catgut Suture, Before There was Transvaginal Mesh

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 17, 2017 ~ Long before there was transvaginal mesh made by Johnson & Johnson, the company made suture material, known as “catgut” because it was manufactured from the submucosal layer of the small intestines of a sheep. The origin of “catgut” may be lost in medical obscurity. Before [continue reading…]

FDA Finally Reclassifies Pelvic Mesh Tools

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 16, 2017~ Pelvic mesh tools used to place and affix transvaginal mesh had been a low-risk FDA category alongside Band-aids. Because of injuries, it’s been placed in a class II or moderate-risk category.  Tools used to place transvaginal mesh have been found to cause injuries in up to [continue reading…]

Caldera Transvaginal Mesh Update: Individuals Treated Unfairly for No Reason Grounded in Rationality or Fairness

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 14, 2017~  This writer, implanted with Caldera Medical’s transvaginal mesh, is one of 4,000 facing litigation against Caldera which has yet to offer a rational settlement, she says in this Op-Ed. She wishes to remain anonymous because she is involved in litigation.   This opinion does not necessarily [continue reading…]

TOT Has Twice the Risk of Re-Operation of Transvaginal Tape

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 11, 2017 ~ Transobturator tape used to treat incontinence, has twice the risk of re-operation as transvaginal tape, according to Danish researchers.  Danish researchers find that the risk of a re-operation with a TOT or transobturator tape was twice the risk in that country when compared to transvaginal [continue reading…]

Polypropylene Resin Not Meant for Human Implants

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 6 2017 ~ The polypropylene resin material  that makes mesh used for hernia repair and transvaginal mesh, is not supposed to be used in the human body.   But that’s exactly what’s happened for more than one million patients.   Evidence revealed in transvaginal mesh trials show its [continue reading…]

Judge Higbee Who Presided Over First J&J Mesh Case, Dies of Heart Attack

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 6, 2017 ~ Judge Carol Higbee Dies at age 66. Wanted to remain on the bench past her retirement age.  New Jersey Appellate Division Judge Carol Higbee died Tuesday, January 3, reportedly of a heart attack, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. Judge Higbee presided over the [continue reading…]

Pelvic Mesh and Hernia Mesh- Is There Any Difference?

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 4, 2017 ~ The origin of the female surgical mesh devices is hernia mesh. It was assumed prolapse was simply the female form of a hernia.    Is all surgical mesh the same? By now readers of Mesh News Desk understand whether mesh is used for hernia repair, [continue reading…]

Transvaginal Mesh Law Firm called a “Mass Tort Warehouse” – A Numbers Game

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MND, January 5, 2017 ~  This story originally ran November 24, 2015, and details the ugly underbelly of the business side of law. The story arises from a lawsuit filed by a former employee whose job it was to obtain millions in litigation financing. Never underestimate the influence of money over law. If you [continue reading…]

Will Caldera Medical Ever Settle its Mesh Claims?

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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 3, 2016 ~ Caldera Medical’s pelvic mesh cases are apparently nowhere near being settled, despite multiple tries. Is the company insolvent or not?  Meanwhile, the approximately 3,800 women, allegedly injured by the Caldera Medical pelvic mesh products, remain in limbo.  Caldera Medical of Agoura Hills, California announced last [continue reading…]

Welcome 2017!!

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MND, January 2, 2017 ~ Welcome 2017!  Let’s hope after the patience shown by so many of you injured by polypropylene mesh that your patience will finally pay off this year. January often leaves your editor feeling particularly optimistic and it is very possible that 2017 will be the year that brings some much needed [continue reading…]

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