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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

Women’s POP/SUI TVMesh Complications Support
https://www.facebook.com/groups/317477065098820/

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

 

2 Comments

  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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