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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.

Emmett Prolift, TOT Mesh Trial in Philadelphia Adjourns Until January

After a lengthy jury selection, the case of Suzanne M. Emmett from Lancaster Pennsylvania finally got underway December 3rd. The case blames Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon medical device division for making a defective device that injured Ms. Emmett. **UPDATE*  After seven days the case adjourned to be reconvened Read more

By | 2018-12-14T12:44:39+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Legal News|1 Comment

Exiting the MDL – Arizona Woman Files TVM Case in State Court

A woman who was significantly injured by the Solyx Transvaginal Mesh Sling has accused the sling manufacturer, Boston Scientific Corporation, of failing to warn about severe neurological injuries caused by the defective device. Dr. Greg Vigna, MD, JD  The lawsuit was filed by Jamie H., a woman who was living Read more

By | 2018-12-11T12:09:08+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Sticky|0 Comments

Fed Up? Want to talk To MDL Panel? Here’s How!

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, December 4, 2018~  As regular readers of Mesh News Desk understand, and as you've experienced in your own litigation,  lawyers representing the injured have, in many cases, ended up with more money than the injured!   This is all too common an occurrence. Ultimately, you will Read more

By | 2018-12-11T15:02:20+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Featured|9 Comments

Philadelphia Firms Asks Judge Goodwin to Deny Paying MDL Lawyers Millions in Fees and Expenses

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, December 3, 2018 ~ It had to happen.  The hundreds of millions of dollars resulting from the 5% common benefit fund, paid by injured plaintiffs, must be distributed to pelvic mesh litigation lawyers. But how?  One firm says pay half of the fund back to Read more

By | 2018-12-11T12:00:10+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|News|54 Comments

Case of Late Chrissy Brajcic Still Unresolved with J&J

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 30, 2018~ It’s been one year since the death of 42-year-old Christina Lynn Brajcic of Windsor, Ontario.  She had emerged as a leader of Canadian women suffering pelvic mesh complications. Her message went international when Canadian television found her to tell her story. Two Read more

By | 2018-12-03T14:04:51+00:00 November 29th, 2018|News|3 Comments

FDA’s New Safety Action Plan May Overturn Old Predicate Devices

Family Tree of Meshes, Littman Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 26, 2018~ The FDA realizes that 42-year-old rules that regulate medical devices need updating.  Patients of failed devices already understand that all too well. 1976. Many of you weren’t even alive then, but those who were might Read more

By | 2018-11-29T23:37:48+00:00 November 26th, 2018|News|11 Comments

Editorial: The FDA’s Growing Pains to Enhance Postmarket Safety of Medical Devices

Power morcellator, Contemporary ObGyn Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 24, 2011 ~ The FDA seems to be in a game of catch up when it comes to regulating medical devices, following the lead of manufacturers and relying on their promises rather than assuring a device is safe Read more

By | 2018-12-08T12:03:59+00:00 November 24th, 2018|Featured|5 Comments

FDA Convenes Panel on POP Mesh in February 2019

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 22, 2018 ~ The FDA continues to explore what went wrong with mesh for pelvic organ prolapse and will rely on the public and experts to weigh in on February 12, 2019.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has slowly reacted to events concerning Read more

By | 2018-12-11T15:02:35+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|FDA News, News|4 Comments

After a Lull, Philadelphia Readies for JNJ Prolift Mesh Case

Mesh Medical Device  News Desk, November 19, 2018 ~ Suzanne M. Emmett, from Lancaster Pennsylvania is getting ready for the trial that will determine her future.  Suzanne is in her 60s and is married to Michael. Their defective product case is filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas before Read more

By | 2018-11-22T12:52:04+00:00 November 19th, 2018|News|2 Comments

Conflicts of Interest in FDA Expert Panels

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 6, 2018 ~ Expert Panels often decide to approve drugs and devices, but how objective are the panelists and do conflicts make a difference?  A report in Science Magazine (here) has peeled back to revelations of the conflict of interests that exist among experts who advise Read more

By | 2018-11-07T10:53:19+00:00 November 6th, 2018|FDA News|3 Comments