Jane Akre, editor MND
The summer is almost upon us and pelvic mesh trials have been heating up in Philadelphia after a very long lull.
Recently there have been $12.5, $13.5, $20 million and $2.16 million jury awards of compensation and nearly $35 million in punitive damages all leveled against J&J.
After attending a shareholders meeting where "sustainability" was the theme, it is tough to square with the continuing losses in court. How tough will healthcare giant J&J play this game of chicken with the plaintiffs' law firms?
A long time if the media blackout continues.
Meanwhile in Australia, Scotland and the UK, mesh campaigners are making front-page news, and not surprisingly, that is getting the attention of regulators who in Australia will conduct a Senate inquiry this summer to try and determine how many women are injured by mesh in Australia. There is currently no surgeon in AU who can do a complete mesh removal according to campaigners.
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Hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh - it's all made of polypropylene. Women today are told all sorts of things about mesh, that "it's not the same mesh" for example. Here are some other things women are told.
If you are told you need polypropylene mesh to correct prolapse or incontinence, you will need to direct your own medical care and be a truly informed consumer. Ask if the doctor can do a non-mesh repair as a first line of treatment. Stay well.