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*Latest* Scotland Calls for Criminal Investigation into Counterfeit Mesh Allegations Against Boston Scientific

from the Daily Record, Scotland

from the Daily Record, Scotland

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 20, 2016 ~ Scottish campaigners call for a criminal investigation into pelvic mesh made with polypropylene from China.  Thanks to Scottish reporter Marion Scott for supplying the stories. 

Mesh campaigners in Scotland are calling on a criminal investigation into allegations that substandard counterfeit raw material was used to make pelvic mesh implants used on Scottish women.

At a press conference today at the Scottish Parliament building in Holyrood, Houston attorney Steve Mostyn told those in attendance that at least 82 women in Glasgow have been implanted with Boston Scientific products made between 2012 and 2013, the years the company says it used polypropylene resin it obtained from China.

Steve Mostyn and MSP Neil Findlay

Steve Mostyn and MSP Neil Findlay

Mr. Mostyn told reporters the concern is China is the word’s recycler of polypropylene, used primarily as a backing for carpets.

“There’s a grave concern that the polypropylene that is in these bags, that has now been permanently implanted inside these women, that is not reversible, is recycled material from around the world.”

The company sourced 37,000 lb. of the raw material for mesh implants from China after its U.S. supplier refused to continue to sell to the major manufacturer.

Boston Scientific supplied National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in Scotland with  its Advantage, Obtryx and Pinnacle products used to treat incontinence and prolapse in women.  The total number of women in Scotland who may have been implanted with the counterfeit material is unknown. What’s also unknown is how many products could still be in use in Scotland.  

Boston Scientific claims the Mostyn documents have been “taken out of context,” and its products are rigorously tested. In response to an inquiry by the Evening Express, a spokeswoman from Boston Scientific said: “These allegations are simply not true. We stand by our products, our testing and verification of the Marlex used in our products, and we continue to reject any allegations that this resin is counterfeit or adulterated.  We are working on a number of fronts to ensure the public and the medical communities have accurate information. We are deeply committed to patient safety.”

Elaine Holmes addresses Parliament

Elaine Holmes addresses Parliament in 2015

Scottish Mesh Survivors, a group of women injured by pelvic mesh, is calling for a suspension on the use of all Boston Scientific Products.  Elaine Holmes told Bauer Media (here) “Survivors of mesh feel that the government should put an immediate suspension on Boston Scientific products, all Boston Scientific mesh products … until we have proof, until there’s been an investigation and these allegations have been looked into.

 

evening-express-parliament-member-neil-findlayLabour MSP Neil Findlay is asking for a meeting with law enforcement over “astonishing and deeply, deeply disturbing claims.”

“If these allegations prove to be true, Boston Scientific have misled hundreds of thousands of patients across the world and may have defrauded the NHS by selling a fake product that is not fit for purpose and potentially extremely dangerous.

“I am now calling on the police and Crown Office to get involved and investigate these allegations to ensure the integrity of Scotland’s NHS is not compromised,” he told the Evening Express.

 

Unlike the U.S. where media coverage of the pelvic mesh injuries has been relegated to jury verdicts, at least five papers made the story the evening news including the Herald Scotland and the Evening Times.  

The MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), Scotland’s version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said it will investigate any complaints but was not aware of any evidence to justify the claims of counterfeit mesh materials.

Scottish lawyer Patrick McGuire, a partner at Thompsons Solicitors, urged women who have had pelvic mesh surgery to obtain their medical records and find out if they’ve been implanted with Boston Scientific mesh.

He calls is a public health issue.bs logo

“We don’t know what’s in there, we don’t know what level of contaminants are present, so this isn’t about scaremongering, it’s about finding answers and getting the correct treatment if that’s possible.”

The Scottish government has decided to suspend mesh procedures until a government investigation is completed. Women still wanting mesh however, can obtain it.

Boston Scientific sourced the material from EMAI Plastics through the website Alibaba.com, research by Mostyn Law has revealed.

In the U.S., Mostyn asked for a judicial order to stop the sales of the Boston Scientific mesh products made after 2012 but Judge Goodwin, overseeing consolidated cases in West Virginia, denied the request. Instead, the FDA has allowed Boston Scientific to investigate its mesh to determine if it is the same material it received clearance to sell.

Mostyn Law has filed a RICO suit alleging fraud and conspiracy by the company over the counterfeit mesh.

There are about 400 defective product lawsuits filed in Scotland and more than 100,000 suits filed in the U.S. against seven manufacturers alleging the pelvic mesh is defective and doctors were not warned of the dangers.  ###

 

8 Comments

  1. Mary Pat says:

    Scotland, you are leading the way! I have never been more proud of my Scottish heritage! God bless Scotland!

  2. Sea says:

    Thank God the truth is coming out ….

  3. jan says:

    They are coming after you.. these women are tired of waiting and you settling with pennies.
    Because of your greed.. we are injured. Because of your selfish ways
    Why want you do what’s right by us we have to live with medical issues the rest of our lives

  4. Anon says:

    Finally!!! Things are heating up and Mesh victims are being heard……………………. in Scotland.

  5. Toni says:

    Criminal charges against each and every one of these manufacturers is really what needs to happen in this and every country for the things they have knowingly done in the name of profits. I guarantee if these big wigs go to jail even if it’s a blue collar club med. This will have them begging to settle and not the insulting amounts that they are trying to get off with. Most of us are permanently injured with no hope of ever being normal again. Now we are in damage control and losing not just our health but our sexuality sanity our ability to work and losing everything at least I personally have lost that I spent my whole life building since the age of 15 now 51 and no hope of enjoyment for the rest of my life due to their negligence. The doctor who lied on the stand should also go to jail. Him clearing his contience now does little to right his wrong for the patient . Sad state of affairs this country is in.

  6. jan says:

    This is so sad that such a big manufacturer does thus to women.
    Boston scientific knew this crap was not good even when they made protegen in the 90’s
    And they had lawsuits filed against them but yet they did the same thing again. When will the FDA start protecting us the little people
    And yet Boston scientific is getting off again they are offering out nothing in settlements. . When women have lost there lives and have there bodies altered by this stuff. .what is wrong with the American government letting this happen
    This is a company that is still making billions and they BRAGGED on how much money they have to fight us in court
    Even when they were proven in the wrong
    185 BILLION is what they were bragging they gave to fight us
    Well take that devide it up properly and put more money with it and settle with what should be right for us all..
    We need you sand by us the bodies you butchered and altered
    For the rest of our lifes
    Grow some morals for yourself and your company. . And change how the world should be..as of niw these are a lot of people you have injured
    And I really do not far see them ever using anything your company comes up with if they should ever need..
    Thats very sad
    That American companys screw the American people

  7. jan says:

    I hope and pray this really happens against Boston scientific. . All this mesh has caused such health issues and even killing some women. They altered us without our permission.
    And they are trying to BULLY us by bad settlements. This is so not right they are such a dishonest manufacturer. .. the RATH OF GOD needs to come at them
    They should have been honest and should be honest with us
    As much money they have and still making they could settle with all the honest right way with amounts that could help us move on with the medical we so so need.
    This manufacturer in the past has bragged on having 185 Billion to fight us in court well take that and devide properly and put more with it. We need our health. .what you have taken from us

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