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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, October 11, 2017 ~ While the U.S. media is focused on crazed gunman and crazed media moguls, mesh campaigners in the United Kingdom have made some real headway in making public the issue of polypropylene mesh and the thousands it has injured.    

U.S. readers have a chance to make a difference and weigh in.

On Wednesday, October 18th, Parliament will debate the controversial vaginal mesh implants, their safety and risks of harm.

Thousands of women in Britain say it wrecked their lives. Some report they felt suicidal from the pain and denial from doctors.

Ministers are  concerned there is little evidence to support those claims, reports the Daily Mail. 

Sling The Mesh rally at Parliament, July 18, 2017, CambTimes

The scandal has been compared to thalidomide, the drug taken by pregnant women that led to birth defects in their children.  An estimated 800 British women have sued mesh makers. They want to follow Scotland’s lead and ban mesh implants.

Kath Sansom, Sling the Mesh Campaign

Kath Sansom of Sling the Mesh campaign tweeted: ‘Not enough words to thank you for securing a debate on behalf of so many women whose lives have been devastated by #mesh.’

Julie Gilsenan, 49, from Liverpool, also tweeted: “Emotional is not the word! Let our voices be heard…we will NOT suffer in silence #banmesh.”

The debate will be heard October 18, Wednesday.
Campaigners  hope to dispel the belief that complication rate is only 1 to 3 percent after
a polypropylene mesh implant used to treat incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

The same polypropylene is used to make mesh used to treat hernias.  

Emma Hardy MP secured the debate.

She tweeted :” After meeting with women from my constituency regarding @MeshCampaign I’m delighted to have secured a debate on this issue.”

This comes on the heels of a three-year government report released in July (here) that concluded the use of mesh to treat incontinence and prolapse is a safe option for women.

According to Sling the Mesh campaigners, there have been 126,000 women fitting in England with polypropylene mesh implants in the last ten years.

Tom Joyce, a professor of orthopaedic enginnering at Newcastle University, tells Camb Times that is similar concerns existed over a car, it would have been taken off the market.  Joyce says the country needs a medical devices registry so complications can be tracked and regulators can see sooner rather than later if a device is failing.

With no place to report failed medical devices in the UK there is no way to know how they are performing.

Joyce points to the U.S. MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience) database as an example of one that is purported to track adverse events, as they are called. MND has reported on the many failures of MAUDE, such as failing to report complications and sending them to manufacturers rather than directly to the FDA. See MND story here and here.

Jackie Doyle Price, MP Conservative Party

 

HEAR YOUR VOICE

Even if you do not live in Britain, you can contribute by writing to Jackie Doyle Price, the UK health minister, who believes at this time, she says there is not enough evidence to suspend mesh.

Include your full name, town, county and country where you live. Include the type of mesh you were implanted with and what was the condition it was used to treat ie hernia, incon

Campaigners from Sling The Mesh, July 18, 2017, Cambstimes.co.uk

tinence or prolapse.

Mesh campaigner, Kath Sansom is asking for this to make it very clear to Jackie that all mesh is a risk . Apparently she doesn’t understand the complexities of the situation.

Include year in, when you noticed problems and when you realized mesh was the cause.

Then under that say what mesh has done to your life. Try to keep it concise, but be honest.

Include before and after photos or any other images you think support your email.

Kath will package this all up to send to Ms Doyle Price.

WRITE TO :  Please email slingthemesh@gmail.com.

 

LEARN MORE:

Mesh News Desk, December 2016,  FDA Pelvic Mesh Data, Are Thousands of Deaths Not Being Reported?
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/fda-pelvic-mesh-data-thousands-deaths-not-reported/

MND, July 2017, Is UK Mesh Report a Whitewash?
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/uk-mesh-report-whitewash/

 

15 Comments

  1. bejah Blue says:

    OK people, let’s do this…let’s try to help our sisters in England by sending the information asked for. Since we do not seem to be able to do much to help ourselves (Like the Australians or the Scots) let us at least try to help the British women who are doing what we are not. Sorry but I am really upset about our failure to act in a unified and committed way. All we seem to do frankly is whine. Bejah

  2. Bejah Blue says:

    Dear people, It is 3:00am here and I have been up since 1:00am…it is just one of those nights I can not sleep any more…so I looked up Tea Tree Oil. I ordered some a week or so ago and want to know what to do with it. Here is a little information for you (BTW it is wonderful and I can not wait to get it):
    Most commercially sold cleaners are made with synthetic fragrances and harmful chemicals. This Homemade Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) Lemon Household Cleaner is just as effective thanks to tea tree’s antimicrobial properties. It’s made with only 4 ingredients, is easy and fast to make, plus it will leave behind a naturally refreshing aroma.
    Total Time: 2 minutes
    Serves: 30-90INGREDIENTS:
    • 8 oz water
    • 4 oz distilled white vinegar
    • 15 drops tea tree oil
    • 15 drops lemon
    • Glass Cleaning Spray bottle
    So happy housecleaning! Lets all start using natural homemade “products” and cut the use of toxins. Wishing you all a wonderful day. Love, Bejah

  3. Bejah Blue says:

    Good day all…I thought I might share the following with you in the interest of healing. Enjoy!

    Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath.

    Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil.

    Doesn’t this sound Heavenly? Why can we not talk about healing…it bears down so hard on me to just talk about rage and pain and the abject lack of justice in the world.

    Bejah

  4. Bejah Blue says:

    Many of us speak of varying types of pain that we suffer as a result of being implanted with this Hellish plastic so corporations and doctors can make big bucks. This sounds more promising to me as a “gold standard” than the garbage that was installed in our sacred centers. Try this for addressing your pain if you have not:

    Muscle Pain Relief –Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and melting away a tension headache. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The study found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful. Calyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations.(1) Try this treatment for homemade muscle rub to ease muscle pain.

    INGREDIENTS:

    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup grated beeswax
    2 teaspoon cayenne powder
    2 teaspoon ginger or turmeric powder (Note: While turmeric is an outstanding anti-inflammatory, be aware that it will cause some temporary skin discoloration)
    15 drops peppermint essential oil
    15 drops lavender essential oil
    glass jar
    DIRECTIONS:

    Pour all oils (except essential oils) in to a jar. Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
    Place jar in saucepan and allow contents to melt. Stir to combine. Add the cayenne and ginger/turmeric.
    Once combined, allow to cool slightly and then add in essential oils. Mix well.
    Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set. Compliments of Dr. Axe. Makes a bunch to share with friends.

    Bejah

  5. Bejah Blue says:

    Dear People, This is especially for StillStanding who asked me about books…at the moment I am reading “A Natural History of Love” by Diana Ackerman and I am so taken by it I want to read her other books as well (1st pub 1995), also reading “The River of GOD” by Gregory Riley (A history of the origins of Christianity), reviewed favorably by Elaine Pagels. I also love and recommend for all Elaine’s work. Also “Sacred Contracts” by Caroline Myss (My guess is that SS knows this book well), recommend all Myss work (Mindblowing stuff) and finally for now “Defy Gravity” by Caroline. Love to all. Happy reading. Love, Bejah

  6. Bejah Blue says:

    Hello everyone, Here for your reading pleasure, if you are not familiar with it, is the Johnson & Johnson mission statement (Credo):

    Our Credo
    We believe our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services. In meeting their needs everything we do must be of high quality. We must constantly strive to reduce our costs in order to maintain reasonable prices. Customers’ orders must be serviced promptly and accurately. Our suppliers and distributors must have an opportunity to make a fair profit.

    We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us throughout the world. Everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit. They must have a sense of security in their jobs. Compensation must be fair and adequate, and working conditions clean, orderly and safe. We must be mindful of ways to help our employees fulfill their family responsibilities. Employees must feel free to make suggestions and complaints. There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified. We must provide competent management, and their actions must be just and ethical.

    We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvements and better health and education. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources.

    Our final responsibility is to our stockholders. Business must make a sound profit. We must experiment with new ideas. Research must be carried on, innovative programs developed and mistakes paid for. New equipment must be purchased, new facilities provided and new products launched. Reserves must be created to provide for adverse times. When we operate according to these principles, the stockholders should realize a fair return.

    So, wasn’t that enlightening? Don’t ya just feel throwing up or something? The word disconnect comes to mind. Clearly they try to manipulate their employees just like they try to manipulate the rest of us.

    Bejah

  7. Bejah Blue says:

    We meet the health needs of families everywhere through a broad range of well-known and trusted health and over-the-counter products. These include pain relievers, allergy medicines, anti-diarrheal medicines, antacids, nasal decongestants, medicines for coughs and colds and well-known brands for wound care, oral care and women’s health.

    Here is a very short list of Johnson & johnson products. Please do not buy them. Tell/ask others to not buy them. Buying them supports the organization that is killing you. Thanks. Bejah

    BAND-AID
    COMPEEDUSA®
    NEOSPORIN®
    POLYSPORIN®
    MOTRIN
    TYLENOL
    BENADRYL
    ZYRTEC®
    IMODIUM®
    NICORETTE®
    RHINOCORT®
    PEPCID®
    LACTAID®
    VISINE®
    SUDAFED®
    Oral Care Products
    LISTERINE

    Bejah reminds readers that Listerine was originally developed by a scientist/physician and JnJ bought the rights to it and now claims it as if they invented it. They did not. It is used by dentists offices because a rep from JnJ wines and dines their office mgr who has probably never been to a four star restaurant in their lives. We have all seen these reps enter doctors offices with their suitcase of lies and samples ready to take the VIP to lunch at a fine restaurant. Right. So here is what their PR dept says about Listerine:

    LISTERINE® Mouthwash is the world’s number one daily mouthwash. More than 50 peer-reviewed scientific studies support the formula’s unique ability to fight plaque, protect gums, build strong teeth and boost confidence with long-lasting fresh breath. LISTERINE® Mouthwash has been used by more than one billion people in more than 85 countries.

  8. Ella Ebaugh says:

    All Meshed Up Says: I pray and support all my mesh sister’s and their husband that stand by our sides as we suffer every day with these horrific defective mesh devices that were implanted in us to treat what was suppose to be a minimally invasive surgery for stress urinary incontinence. I had 2 mesh devices implanted in 2007 to treat my stress urinary incontinence. Several years later the mesh eroded into my urethra and bladder. I’ve had several surgeries to try and remove the mesh. I suffered various injuries including extensive scarring to my urethra, intrinsic sphincter deficiency, chronic urinary tract infections, excruciating chronic pain, dyspareunia. I have anger towards J&J/Ethicon because we introduced evidence during my 5 week trial that proved J&J/Ethicon intentionally manipulated the literature regarding problems with the mesh and withheld information about complications and injuries from doctors. I suffer with psychological torment, fatigue because I wake up every hour to go to the bathroom, severe depression because of my excruciating pain and the burden to my family, I have no desire to go on, grief knowing I can’t do the things I use to do, anxiety when leaving the house because of having accidents, brain fog and confusion, guilt because I can’t visit family and friends I use to be very social not anymore, I say I’m okay even though I’m not it’s just easier that way. This is why I struggle in silence. I have a teenage son that still needs his mom so I keep everything inside so I don’t worry him. I struggle every day to get out of bed. It hurts to sit, it hurts to stand and it hurts to walk this mesh has ruined my life. My urethra is mangled I have bladder spasms, I can’t control my urine flow like most women. Minor daily task takes me all day. I was called fat, ugly and lazy and that hurts. Just because you can’t see my pain doesn’t mean I’m not in pain. I don’t want sympathy or attention I’m just trying to go on so I can see my son graduate. It should be a crime that J&J/Ethicon is allowed to get away with ruining so many lives for their own greed. I had a wonderful team of lawyers who believed in me and a wonderful jury of 12 that unanimously found J&J/Ethicon liable for their defective mesh. I was awarded a large settlement but no amount of money can take away my pain and loss time with my family who I love dearly. I probably won’t see any money in my lifetime because of all the appeals. I just pray that all my mesh sister’s and husbands get their day in court. Nobody should have to endure this excruciating pain for the rest of their lives. If you are lucky enough to get a trial date be prepared for the defense lawyers to make you out to be the bad guy instead of the victim. I’m so thankful that I had pictures of the mesh in my urethra and bladder because mysteriously my treating doctors didn’t have them. Please don’t let anybody tell you your pain isn’t real your pain is real. I see a psychologist who is working with me on finding a new normal which is one day at a time. Please keep fighting because if we don’t the bad guys will win. God Bless and Good Luck my Friends.

    • Jane Akre says:

      So good to hear from you Ella!!!! Congratulations to you and your law firm but no compensation can replace your health!!! I’m sorry….

  9. Bejah Blue says:

    Dear Ella, Thanks for your posts and comments….somehow they are comforting and of course we feel for you and wonder how you are so thanks so much for communicating with us. We need you I guess…. Bejah

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