elcome to Mesh News Desk aka Mesh Medical Device News Desk, your online source for news about the mesh industry, and legal implications of 100,000 product liability lawsuits, the latest in medical news as well as interviews with leaders in the field and the women affected by this fiasco.
If you are new to this issue – first of all, I’m sorry. I’m not mesh injured but talk to many women who are and I agree with the assessment that this is the darkest chapter in women’s healthcare. And now with 100,000 lawsuits and the number growing all of the time, it’s almost unfathomable that pelvic mesh is still being placed transvaginally. But it is.
I’m a journalist who began this website nearly four years ago with the goal of putting a face on the women who have been injured. Since then, so many lawyers have told women not to appear in public and tell their story, that the medical and legal areas have grown. There is no shortage of news unfortunately.
I still find it unbelievable that mainstream media is not making this front page news. As someone who spent 25 years working in newsrooms around the country, including CNN as a reporter and anchor, I believe I know an important story and I’ve never seen one virtually ignored by the media powers that be like pelvic mesh and hernia mesh. It is a huge oversight but hopefully this website and the efforts of readers in their own communities are slowly changing the tide.
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How did we get here? July 13, 2011 was a very important date. That was the day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Communication that pelvic mesh complications are “not rare” and suggested mesh not be a first line treatment for prolapse and incontinence.
But industry pressure strongly influences medicine as you've likely seen first hand. Certainly we’ve seen in trials. Having attended six or so by now, I’ve been amazed at the information that lawyers have found – from the Material Safety Data Sheet issued by the resin makers that say polypropylene is NOT to be made into implantable medical devices (pelvic mesh) to emails that show how hell bent the manufacturers were to get their share of the market at a “premium price.” All for an experimental procedure that had never been tested on humans!
We see now how this massive human experiment went awry with 100,000 women the victims of negligence and the pursuit of profits.
This site is NOT a legal referral service, and is not connected to any law firm or medical provider. As a publisher, the advertiser model has worked well for years for newspapers and magazines and with 5,000 to 10,000 readers a day - why not advertise on Mesh News Desk? As with many independent news sources, readers contributions are always welcome to keep me focused on the mesh issues as they break.
As a journalist, I still follow the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and try to talk to both sides of every issue and provide you the links so you can further uncover this mesh mystery with me.
Four years ago, I formed Independent News Group LLC, a for profit corporation, to work on these under-reported stories that deserve to see the light of day. I’ll keep reporting the mesh-related news as long as I can keep this site going. Any questions reach out – Janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com I’m pretty easy to reach and will answer your questions. I'm certainly interested in taking submissions from any writers who want their point of view heard on these pages from anywhere around the globe!
MND is NOT a legal referral service! It is written by your editor, a long-time journalist who finds this to be the most incredible story under-reported story I've ever encountered that needs to be brought to light, front page news if you will. Women and families need to be empowered with information so they can take control of their own medical future.
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Thank you all! Hang in there friends. A new year, renewed determination!
Jane Akre, Editor