MAM rally in Charleston, WV in 2015
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.
Jane Akre, editor MND