NYT on Profiteers Who Lure Women into Unnecessary Mesh Surgery

//NYT on Profiteers Who Lure Women into Unnecessary Mesh Surgery

NYT on Profiteers Who Lure Women into Unnecessary Mesh Surgery

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 15, 2018~  The New York Times published a front page story April 15th about the people who allegedly prey on unsuspecting women with transvaginal mesh, allegedly to have additional surgeries to increase the value of their settlement. 

Mesh News Desk has found this to be a problem, (see MND story on profiteers here) but in context it represents a fraction of the women who have had implants and been injured by their doctors and ultimately by mesh manufacturers, which the evidence showed, popularized polypropylene mesh implants for profit.  Please take the time to comment on the story here.


Here is my response:

Glad the Times is finally paying attention to the biggest medical scandal targeting women in our lifetime but the story demands context – the real profiteering starts at the top. While despicable few women have fallen prey to these individuals whose stories are covered on Mesh News Desk. The big boys – BSC, JNJ, AMS, Bard launched their polypropylene “experimental” devices with no clinical trials, to any doctor willing to make his business more profitable. They knew this blind procedure with plastic mesh would hurt patients, evidence has shown. Then the big boys paid millions to certain “consultants” training and selling other docs to get them into the fold. The profiteering dollars didn’t stop there. Medical societies had their hands and wallets opened to dollars from industry to host their annual conferences, where again, the profiteers appeared like a trade show pushing profitability. Safety? No clinical trials, No alternatives to mesh (there are), just put the stuff in. Even today, doctors are telling women “It’s not the same mesh”…. It is! Its polypropylene, and permanent implant for both hernia and pelvic. Juries hearing the evidence – the destroying documents, the dummy companies set up to buy raw polypropylene when the petroleum industry stopped selling it to medical device makers, the insider emails – Juries are leveling huge punitive damages to send a clear message they don’t like the reckless preying for profit

By | 2018-04-15T21:39:56+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Media Reports|3 Comments

About the Author:

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.


  1. Debb April 16, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Had a hernia repair in 2007, the nightmare begin about 2 weeks after! Couldn’t stand for long periods of time. If I did the pain would get so bad nothing would take it away! Felt like a hot screw driver being jabbed in my groin. After 6 long years searching for someone to take it out I found someone! He screwed me up even more when he inflated me and a piece of my small bowel was adhered to my abdominal wall , it broke loose and opened. I was sent home only to return 5 days later with bowel contents in my whole abdominal cavity! Lost 1/3 of abdominal wall and fascia! I have such a large hernia they want to fix it with MESH! Absolutely not happening! That toxic plastic caused me so much pain, suffering and loss of the quality of the life I once had! Many other health issues as well. Thanks to the genius who thought it would be ok to put plastic inside the human body I am lucky to be alive I am left disfigured! I will have to wear a binder the rest of my life so my intestines don’t fall out! My Kids and Grand Children miss out because the once very active healthy me is gone #BANALLMEDICALMESH

  2. Regina April 17, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    How can a case with a necessary extensive surgery that was slotted for the holdback fund be denied if all the surgical documentation and mesh removal as well as additional bladder reconstruction be denied by the Special Master. The surgery was close to 8 hours with 3 month recovery time. All proper documents were filed in a timely mannner and there were no liens.

    • Jane Akre April 17, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Regina that does not on the surface seem to make sense, unless your law firm did not adequately advocate for you. You say you had a removal… one or more? Did your law firm communicate with you and did they know how many removals you had? Were they well versed on your surgical history? Did you sign your agreement to settle, only to have them say they would seek additional funds from the special master? Once you’ve signed, the firm can do what happened to you – there is no guarantee of any additional funds… that’s where the advocacy should come in….”Should” being the operative word. Some firms took so many cases one wonders how they kept it straight. I will pm you.

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