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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 24, 2017 ~ While the U.S. seems to be slowing down in mesh litigation while settlements take place behind the scene, across the globe a collective energy and consistent voice demanding change is being heard.

 

In Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, preparations for the Ebaugh v. Ethicon trial coming up Monday, July 31, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  Case No. 1307-00866.

Kline & Specter represent Ella Ebaugh and her husband who are from Pennsylvania.  She is suing Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Prodesco, Inc., Gynecare, Secant Medical.  Drinker, Biddle & Reach represent the defendant.

She was implanted May 2007 with the Gynecare TVT Secur by Dr. Paul Douglass. On or about July 2007 she underwent a mesh revision and was implanted with Gynecare TVT. She had a mesh removal in July 2011 performed by Dr. Howard Mirsky. She had another corrective surgery in March 2012 by Dr. Toby Chai.  She has suffered pain, loss, permanent injury, mental suffering, and medical expenses.

The last TVT-Secur trial was won by Johnson & Johnson last month, the first of five cases  in this Philadelphia venue to be won by the defendant corporation.  Here is MND coverage.

 

Outside federal court, Sydney, AU

In Australia

A trial pitting 700 women against Johnson & Johnson continues and is expected to take six months.  Caz Chisholm of Australian Public Mesh Support Group, articulates a thorough and thoughtful call to action here.

The Herald reports, here, J&J has reduced its pool of possible assets in case the plaintiffs win the action.  A deed cross guaranteeing seven J&J subsidiaries was allowed to lapse. Until 2017, the companies had guaranteed each others’ debts.

It’s estimated at least 100,000 transvaginal mesh medical devices have been sold in Australia and 8,000 women have been implanted there.

Campaigners from Sling The Mesh, Cambstimes.co.uk

In the United Kingdom

In the UK, a report by the English Group Working Party into mesh is due out this week.

Kath Sansom, Sling The Mesh Campaign says Roland Morley, mesh consultant and urologist, is on the English Group Working Party into mesh group.  Throughout last weeks gathering of mesh-injured at Parliament, he rolled his eyes, says Sansom.  Mr. Morley laughed when patient safety campaigner Ken Lownds spoke about suffering and broke down into tears.

“He probably thought because he was at the back nobody would see. But I did,” she says.  “Such behavior is disgraceful and disrespectful but sums up how surgeons view women suffering,” reports Sansom.  

 

Here is the Mesh Working Group Interim Report, December 2015.

While it encourages more reporting of adverse events and collection of that data, informed consent is important and should be reviewed every two years.  True informed consent might take longer.  It does not call for any ban into the procedure or on the use of transvaginal mesh.

The question is will it be another whitewash as campaigners called the Scottish report on mesh, which is here. (March 2017).

It essentially recommends that informed consent, clinician’s reactions to women with adverse events, data gathering could all be improved, but in the meantime it does not call for the suspension of mesh implants while the improvements are underway.

Here is what you can do to help Scottish Mesh Survivors continue the ban in their country.  ###

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Bejah Blue says:

    I wanted to mention something that is a little digression. I went to my cardiologist today. I had a stress test and I hope you will all be proud of me because I did not stop, the doctor kept increasing the speed and I kept up until finally he gave in and stopped it. I won! He thought that was very funny, Turns out I have a very strong heart and that is good because I need one. The bad news is that my BP is very high, not 200/100 but in the ballpark…its my kidneys. He wants me to start taking Verapimil again (I had stopped because so many bills…)and insisted I start today so I did. The take away is always take your medicine. I am getting sleepy so bid you all good night and sweet dreams. Love, B

  2. mia says:

    jane i have a question? its been 6 years since my first surgery when the mesh was put in, its been 2 years since my revision surgery cause my mesh eroded through my vaginal area, when i had that surgery my lawyer said i needed to convince my dr to keep my specimen of mesh after surgery because thats what jj and ethicon wanted proof of mesh being removed, so it has been stored at steelgate now for 5 years at a cost of 10.00 a day,now since my lawyer doesent want to settle for low money for me this is adding up day by day will i have to pay for that? and he said they wanted to keep going to court for another year with jj on jury cases, before even thinking about settleing mine. I’m in the MDL.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Wait $10 a day? Is the mesh in a resort? I’m sorry but that sounds ridiculous….anyone else.? You’ve got to cap that cost ASAP. I’m glad to hear your lawyer doesn’t want to settle for low dollars, but if you are expected to pay for the storage, there won’t be much left. Did you sign anything to agree to that? Or is the law firm covering the cost?

      • Still Standing says:

        There was a court order in all the MDL cases that required preservation of any explanted tissue . I don’t get where your lawyer told you to “convince” the doctor to save it. My law firm did all of that . I told them I was having surgery, law firm sent tissue preservation instructions to the doctor, called doctor the day before surgery to insure that it was collected and proper photographs were taken. Don’t know who paid for storage but I assume that since we (mesh injured) filed the law suit, we would be charged for the cost of storing it. It was probably buried in my case costs somewhere.

      • mia says:

        hi jane, i asked my lawyer who will pay for the storage and he said i will have to pay, but said in my settlement he was going to try to get johnson and johnson to pay.i dont remember signing anything, he said it would help my case if i could ask the dr to keep my specimen, so i did and then my laywer sent the hospitol instructions on how and what to do with it, and then it was sent to steelgate company, my lawyer was afraid if they sent the dr a letter requesting this it might jepordize him doing my surgery wanting it fixed i asked him myself, and how would i put a cap on it? i know 10 day is adding up big time.

  3. mia says:

    sorry im not in the jury cases im in the mdl

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