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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.

Australian Class Action Decision v. Ethicon Thursday

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 6, 2019 ~ It's been 21 months since a class action trial concluded in Australia against Ethicon, the maker of the most number of polypropylene plastic mesh implants used in women in that country.  In two weeks the Australian judge will issue her decision.  [...]

By |2019-11-19T22:41:32-05:00November 6th, 2019|Sticky|0 Comments

Vaginal Mesh Nerve Injuries- Why Do They Go Unnoticed?

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 6, 2019 ~ Vaginal mesh sling nerve injuries go largely untreated Why are urogynecologists largely ignoring the injuries caused by the placement of transvaginal mesh? For one thing,  they remain largely untrained, despite the information surrounding more than 100-thousand lawsuits filed due to injuries [...]

By |2019-11-06T13:23:23-05:00November 6th, 2019|Your Turn|5 Comments

J&J Recalls Talcum Powder Found Tainted with Asbestos

Mesh Medical Device news Desk, October 18, 2019 ~ The first time ever, Johnson & Johnson is recalling a shipment of baby powder after the FDA found some evidence of asbestos in one of the bottles. This will not serve the defense in the growing number of baby powder/mesothelioma/ ovarian [...]

By |2019-10-18T14:41:06-05:00October 18th, 2019|Media Reports|0 Comments

$117 Mill Multistate Settlement with J&J Over Deceptive Mesh Marketing

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, October 17, 2019 ~ The business model for Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon Inc. medical device subdivision appears to be - Push ahead and if caught, pay the fines. * J&J has just offered $4 billion to settle about 2,000 lawsuits connected with its [...]

By |2019-11-06T15:19:30-05:00October 17th, 2019|News|48 Comments

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Polypropylene- What You Need to Know About Links to Autoimmune Disease

Noni Wideman Mesh Medical Device News Desk, October 16, 2019~ The Links Between Surgical Mesh Complications and the Development of Autoimmune Diseases. The following is from a 2017 story produced by Canadian researcher, Noni Wideman, which bears repeating.  Many people, both women and men, implanted with polypropylene mesh, report [...]

By |2019-10-16T13:08:03-05:00October 16th, 2019|Featured|6 Comments

Bard, Ethicon, Coloplast Trials on the Horizon

Kila Baldwin, Kline Specter Mesh Medical Device News Desk, October 9, 2019~ At one time, mesh trials were being conducted on a regular basis. While they were supposed to indicate the relative value of each case, that never happened and instead, mesh makers have decided to settled with [...]

By |2019-10-09T19:41:48-05:00October 9th, 2019|Legal News|22 Comments

Reactions to the Death of Hernia Surgeon, Dr. Robert Bendavid

Dr. Robert Bendavid, MD Mesh Medical Device News Desk, October 7, 2019~ Reactions are coming in to the sudden death of surgeon, researcher, and tireless patient advocate, Robert Bendavid, M.D. who died in a Toronto area hospital Monday, September 30. Dr. Bendavid had been too ill to present [...]

By |2019-10-17T15:24:01-05:00October 7th, 2019|Hernia Mesh|3 Comments

Mesh Victims United Receives Nonprofit Approval by IRS, Announces New Projects

Mesh Medical News Desk, September 24, 2019 ~ Donations will now be tax deductible for those who support Mesh Victims United, a patient support and education group addressing all polypropylene mesh injuries.  Here is the Press Release announcement!  All are invited to join and be part of a collective effort [...]

By |2019-09-24T14:33:19-05:00September 24th, 2019|Featured|2 Comments

West Virginia Becomes 5th State to Sue J&J Over Pelvic Mesh Marketing

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 20, 2019 ~  With the potential for every state to file suit against J&J over violating consumer protection laws, this latest one is from the Attorney General's office in West Virginia. It accuses the healthcare giant of deceiving residents of the state by fraudulently [...]

By |2019-10-07T16:50:42-05:00September 20th, 2019|Featured|27 Comments

California AG’s J&J Deceptive Mesh Marketing Trial Continues

Ethicon ad 2019 Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 13, 2019 ~ After a  two-week break, the state of California will resume its defective marketing case against healthcare giant, Johnson & Johnson. This is the second state to take J&J to trial over a trail of mesh-related injuries [...]

By |2019-10-07T17:14:23-05:00September 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment