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About Jane Akre

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.

*Just In* Wave 7 Ethicon Trial Postponed Until Next Year

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, August 13, 2018 ~ It was set to start tomorrow, but the mass trial of more than 100 plaintiffs has been reset as thousands of cases are purged from the Ethicon docket. WAVE 7 UPDATE Image: Wave, WikiCommons You’ve heard the term - a “Wave” of Read more

By | 2018-08-13T16:32:34+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Sticky|5 Comments

Scottish Mesh Campaigners Ask for Criminal Charges

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, August 13, 2018 ~ Marion Scott, now with The Sunday Post, has done a tireless job on following the anti-mesh campaign in Scotland. The group, Scottish Mesh Survivors and Scott testified to a Parliamentary Committee and obtained a stay on mesh implants in that country in Read more

By | 2018-08-13T13:43:45+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Media Reports, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Story Corps Wants to Hear Your Story!

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, August 8, 2018 ~ A campaign by the Bleeding Edge hosted by StoryCorps amasses real human testimonials about an issue of our time! Those stories will be archives in the Library of Congress.  The Core Principles of StoryCorp: "Our mission is to preserve and share Read more

By | 2018-08-08T12:16:03+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Your Turn|0 Comments

Variety Reports Bayer Blasting The Bleeding Edge Producers

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, August 7, 2018 ~ The entertainment industry news source, Variety, reports on the controversy surrounding the documentary, The Bleeding Edge. The Bleeding Edge, a documentary just released on Netflix, is being attacked by the companies it profiles. Bayer, maker of the Essure birth control device, Read more

By | 2018-08-07T14:24:21+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Media Reports|0 Comments

Thousands Purged from Ethicon Pelvic Mesh MDL

Federal court, Charleston WV More than 2,400 cases Dismissed Without Prejudice today Today, Monday, August 6, Judge Goodwin has been busy dismissing pelvic mesh cases from the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL). Image: Robert C. Byrd federal court, Charleston, WV These are women who have "mesh in place" from Read more

By | 2018-08-13T16:44:18+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Legal News|10 Comments

Pelvic Mesh 101: Mesh Basics – Still on the Market

Mesh News Desk, July 25, 2018 ~  This story originally ran in March of 2016 but after a conversation today with someone familiar with medical devices, I was surprised to find she think many of the problematic mesh is off the market! This is not true. Image: Desara Sling by Read more

By | 2018-07-31T13:54:55+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Op-Ed|7 Comments

The Bleeding Edge Profiles Victims of Medical Devices

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 27, 2018 ~ The fallout from lax federal  regulation over medical devices and the harm done to patients, is the focus of a new documentary, The Bleeding Edge, which premiers today on Netflix. Image: Scene from The Bleeding Edge Mesh-injured Tammy Jackson, is followed through Read more

By | 2018-07-30T14:44:24+00:00 July 27th, 2018|News|3 Comments

500 Women Have Ethicon Mesh Cases Dismissed

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 24, 2018 ~ At one time the multidistrict litigation (MDL) had more than 104,000 product liability cases filed over allegedly defective pelvic mesh. Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon division were the largest among seven mesh makers.  But women who never had their mesh Read more

By | 2018-07-27T11:15:07+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Legal News|16 Comments

Alert: Polypropylene Male Sling Showing Problems

AMS Advance Sling System Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 18, 2018 ~ Besides transvaginal and hernia mesh, a number of other implantable medical devices for the pelvic region are also showing similar complication rates, including the implantable male sling.   Polypropylene.  It is the cheap commercial plastic polymer Read more

By | 2018-07-24T22:13:15+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Featured|3 Comments