According to a release this afternoon:
100,000 WOMEN – More than 100,000 American women are suing over a medical device implanted in their bodies called gynecological mesh in what has become the largest multi-district litigation since asbestos.
Scott Pelley reports on one manufacturer of the devices, Boston Scientific, which is facing 48,000 lawsuits. Oriana Zill de Granados and Michael Rey are the producers.
**New Add** Here is the segment for you to watch and comment on in its entirety.
Your editor was called two years ago and met with Oriana Zill in NYC. (I was already there for my daughter's college graduation). During lunch, her eyes widened and she dropped her fork and started scribbling on a notebook as she asked questions and I answered. I"m sure some of the things I said sounded too fantastic... how could these things be true was the expression on her face!
But as readers of MND know, they are true and more.
Producers Zill and Rey decided to focus on Boston Scientific and its smuggling of raw polypropylene resin from China, which was a story just breaking at the time. But in their research, they knew they had to uncover the truth about polypropylene resin as an implant in the body. In the piece, polymer scientists will offer expert opinions on the use of polypropylene (PP) as a mesh implant material!
It is shocking!!
Please stay tuned and comment on the CBS 60 Minutes site when the story concludes!! 7 pm EST this Sunday. Your editor of MND does not make the final cut but helped with research and finding women who are in the piece.
On a personal note - This is the sort of mainstream coverage I've always known this story deserves and have been dreaming of!! It was an honor to help in any way to bring it to 60 Minutes, and falling on the heels of a recent Netflix documentary, The Bleeding Edge, it shows that this story of mass experimentation of untested medical devices on hundreds of thousands of women globally is one that deserves to be told! ###
The Bleeding Edge
You may have noticed that inguinal hernias run in families. Researchers say yes, there is a genetic component to the risk of developing an inguinal hernia.
Mesh News Desk interview Dr. Greg Vigna, also an attorney who is bringing nerve injury cases to court the latest in pelvic mesh litigation.
Why have hernia surgeries with mesh become the most common repair for 95 percent of procedures? Dr. William Brown weighs in on this Hernia Mesh Insights podcast.