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MAM rally in Charleston, WV in 2015

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February 1, 2016~ Welcome to Mesh News Desk, Your Resource for mesh-related news and information.

This site began more than four years ago when mesh litigation was in its early stages.

Today there  more than 100,000 lawsuits filed in the U.S. alone and as well as cases filed around the globe.  At the same time there continues to be a disconnect between the injuries that are being reported and the reaction by the medical community and the regulatory world.

Just recently, after a four-year delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally decided to follow the recommendation issued by an expert panel in 2011 – Reclassify pelvic organ prolapse mesh (POP) to high risk!   The FDA is giving manufacturers 30 months to do so…. in the meantime, there are just as many cases filed over mesh used for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), made from the same polypropylene material as POP mesh.  It remains class II, considered a moderate risk.  Not if you listen to those whose lives have been permanently altered after they received their implant.

Be sure to file your adverse event report with the FDA, it is the only way they can track this chapter in women health history. See how here .

Those who are new to the issue, recently implanted and looking for answers, expect to see more introductory stories in the future.  Check out the Reading Room as a resource here.

Mesh News Desk is looking for Court Watchers in Dallas, Kansas City, Bergen County, New Jersey and in Philadelphia.  Please don’t hesitate.  Any set of eyes is helpful and you will be fascinated by watching one of these proceedings if you have not so far.

Thank you Mesh News Desk readers for hanging in there.  I’m always looking for your submissions and guest editors are welcome on any topic you’d like to handle. This advertiser-based site is always looking to partner with appropriate supporters.  Look for changes in that regard.

Personal Profiles are always welcome, though your attorney will have to agree.

For those of you considering having a pelvic mesh implant, or a hernia mesh implant for that matter, please ask your doctor if he or she knows how to do an alternative procedure.  Unless and until one can predict who will react negatively, the Precautionary Principle is advised.  These pages will attest to that.

Onward Friends!

Jane Akre, editor MND

Jane Akre, editor MND

Jane Akre

Editor, MND

janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com

 

 

16 Comments

  1. Tammy (KY) says:

    Jane, Always following you and your reporting…GOD has allowed you to be our light. Bless your journey.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Thanks Tammy… am really looking for advertisers so if you can think of anyone, any product, that I can sell here…. it is most urgent… this does become full time work…

      • Tammy (KY) says:

        How about designing anti Mesh shirts?

      • Mary Pat says:

        Jane – just an idea for a product to sell, look at MELT by Sue Hintzman. Sue created a therapy that wod help the mesh injured. Maybe she would be interested in selling on your site so all the mesh injured people can benefit from it.

  2. Ms T says:

    Jane, as always thank you. I didn’t really understand about filing the adverse event filing and how important it is. . .to save other women from our awful situations. To make it a little easier, here is a direct link to get the form.

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/UCM349464.pdf

    • Jane Akre says:

      If you fill out a form or have someone help you, please be sure to get the number of your complaint. Then once it is filed, be sure to revisit the complaint and see if it reflects what you said. Sometimes it appears in there that there is no link to your injury when that is the opposite of what you said. Check it. Please let me know what you find…. thank you.

      • Ms T says:

        Jane, I just filed on line, and saw your response after I had already pressed send, so I didn’t make note of a number of my complaint. I did review what I had written for accuracy before pressing send.

        I should have also given the direct link for anyone wanting to file online directly:

        http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

        This is the email I just received from my filing:

        Thank you for submitting your report to MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

        This acknowledgment confirms that your report was received. Reports are added to a post marketing safety database with similar reports and reviewed by the FDA’s post marketing safety staff. Voluntary reports are essential for ensuring the continued safety of FDA-regulated products. One or two well documented case reports may provide an early signal of unexpected problems and lead to additional evaluation. This may result in FDA regulatory actions that improve the safety of the products used in patient care each day.

        You will only be contacted for follow-up by FDA if additional information on this report is needed in our evaluation process.

  3. kitty says:

    Has anyone tried the vaginal insert that prevents incontinene. POISE??? THEY COULD BE A ADVERTISER FOR U JANE.

  4. Barb says:

    Jane i will do mine tomorrow! I emailed one of my attorney firms who they are supposed to have much sympathy and get the best monies for their clients however I find this to e not true! judge Goodwin stated numerous times how critical communication was between attorneys and their clients this is not happening on any level I emailed one of the attorneys 3 weeks ago nothing in return! I was told by one of the attorneys that someone who has more then 1 device I have 2 which makes it more devestating for the Drs. to find when mesh erosion occurs, it also puts us at more dangerous and more likely diagnosed with more lifetime issues! Hearing NO infections are not being compensated makes me extremely angry I use to have maybe 1 UTI a year since 2008 I have lost count and blood also being in my urine!! I just since Sept 2015 Oct, Nov, Dec have had UTI’S, bladder infections, and over growth of bacteria it takes 2 weeks to clear up along with a diagnosis of sepsis a death sentenance if not treated. Interesting discovered that you cam get sepsis by multiple UTI’S! I was told I had organ prolapse prior too this is incorrect searched every paper have since 2008 and no where is it documented! I feel if this so called wonderful attorney firm when they came to what would be compensated for injuries, how/who came up with these Category’s and Tier’s, I had my invasive surgery June 2015 which I have to appeal after get this first round taken care of! They found a piece of mesh hanging from my bladder in a J hook surounded by tissue!! I’m thinking that the mesh that was originally gut away in June has obviously deteriated and many pieces are just floating around!! I hae organ prolapse stage #2 closely watching before stage #3 that will mean my insides will fall out!! These attorney’s really have no idea what we men/woman have to endure daily, I feel I have been pushed under a rug since the settlements were made, If we all had recieved a letter telling us how the category’s.tiers were advised, exactly what category’s explanation and tier’s were, what injuries were going to be compensated for ect! what about how pain and suffering was determined, what about not being intimate, the loss of so much of our lives, the continuance of new meds, being on pain management, the quality of life we had prior too, sever pelvic pain, bleeding sever, immune disorders, there has not been enough research to tell us what more could we be exposed too poisons rushing through our bloodstream the brain, lungs, hearts, liver and all vital organs that at some point will become non workable!! What about punitive damages!! AMS again has gotten off easy and our attorney’s are kissing their booty’s and not getting what we deserve!! I found in one of Jane’s archives where 2 law firms who have been in the news feed alot made such a great settlement agreement for their clients why did that not follow for all AMS!! I understand that each firm did their own negotiating however I really wish they all followed these other firms, we would be much happier!! So it breaks down like this my firm gets %40 percent, lein resoluton holds back 20=25% for government insurance so we end up with 40=35%!!! Not acceptable in my BOOK!! Sadly I think all manufacturer’s are going to e in control and many things will not be compensated so these mesh monster’s just keep on winning!!!

    • Still Standing says:

      Barb, bless your heart, you have certainly had a lot on your plate. Hang in there. Has your doctor suggested any other preventive treatment for your UTIs? I had almost constant UTIs for a year, then my doctor put me on 250 mn of keflex for seven months, usually it is for six months but I had surgery in the middle of it. The long term antibiotic therapy allows your bladder to heal,then you wont be suceptible to UTI. Ask your doctor if that could be an option. My doc says that it is for women who have 3+ utis a year. Also, he recommended cranberry tablets…not cranberry juice, but the supplements. Cranberry juice is actually very irritating to the bladder. I have been UTI free for 4 months while off antibiotics…yea. It is also vital that you avoid foods that are acidic while your bladder heals. That would be any carbonated beverages, coffee, brewed tea, chocolate, any caffeine, citrus fruit, etc. you can look up others by searching for bladder friendly diets. I know it is hard to cut that stuff out, but when you are UTI free, you will be glad you did it.

      Have you been offered a settlement and refused or are you waiting for an offer? Unfortunately, settlements dont award punitive damages. They also dont admit to wrongdoing on the defense side and they are not structured to award for individual issues like infections, revisions, future medical,costs, loss of consortium, etc. they just award a lump sum based on the tier you fall in. Different lawfirms negotiate their own settlements. I guess it is based on their bargaining power. More experienced firms probably drive a harder bargain and get more money for their clients. For you, it sounds as if you have not been represented well, especially when they do not communicate with you. That is inexcusable. My advice is not to email, but to call and ask to be connected with the person who can gvie you answers to your questions. Write down your questions ahead of time and dont bombard them with question after question. Figure out what are the top five questions you need answered now. Get answers to those, then tell them you would like to call next week to get clarification on five more. Stay calm, be polite, thank them for helping you understand the process, then be done. Dont go off point. Really, it will help to gain the ear of a staff person who can help you. Remember, your settlement will be billed for the time, but it sounds as though that would be beneficial for you. If you have been offered settlement but you said no, they probably dont have any additional work on your case and dont feel that they need to communicate with you further.

      Hopefully, you can get your bladder issues resolved and that will help you feel better overall. It is just miserable, but knowing you can do things to help heal it will give you some control over it.

    • Still Standing says:

      Barb, one more thing. Get a probiotic and take daily if you can. This keeps you from getting bacterial overgrowth. When on antibiotics you can even double your dose. It is a very key ingredient when on antibiotics. I know they are over the counter and insurance doesnt cover, but you can get some off brands that arent too bad. Or, you can eat greek yogurt, but dairy products drive inflammation, which is the cause of pain and they are high in sugar, which causes inflammatory pain as well

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