PBS "Need to Know" Friday, March 22 on FDA and Medical, Surgical Devices

//PBS "Need to Know" Friday, March 22 on FDA and Medical, Surgical Devices

PBS "Need to Know" Friday, March 22 on FDA and Medical, Surgical Devices

Linda, Jeff Gross

Linda, Jeff Gross

March 22, 2013 ~ Friday night, March 22, Public Broadcasting (PBS) looks into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of medical devices and how so many enter the market with little review and oversight.

The 510(k) process allows devices on the market after the manufacturer requests clearance from the FDA and names a “predicate device” which may be a similar device, even if it’s been recalled. The 510(k) approval process is used for up to 90% of medical devices entering the U.S. market.

Many defective devices including metal-on-metal hips, stents, defibrillator leads ans surgical mesh have been approved through the 510(k) and have injured thousands of Americans.

Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay interviews Linda Gross at her home in Watertown, South Dakota who talks about how a ‘minimally invasive’ surgery involving the Prolift surgical mesh, made by Johnson & Johnson.

You can leave your comments on the PBS website here.

Check your local stations to find out when it is broadcast.Linda gross mesh

De. Senay was interviewed on MSNBC this morning, here.

Clearly the journalists have no idea about surgical mesh and the FDA review process.Ā  Your comments can be added there too.

By | 2013-03-22T13:06:04+00:00 March 22nd, 2013|Media Reports|8 Comments

About the Author:

Iā€™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. Bella March 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I just checked my local listings for tonight and nothing was on about this

  2. Bella March 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Just did a look on their website too for my area, it shows nothing šŸ™

  3. Jane Akre March 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    It should be online also. Call them and ask- Where is this show? They should know.

  4. Kathy March 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Saw a segment on Morning Joe…. Amazing… finally. I will celebrate this evening.

  5. Jim March 24, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    I just found this support website link:http://www.meshgonewrong.com/

  6. namewithheld inaTVTLawsuit March 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply
    • Jane Akre March 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!!

  7. D smith May 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Is there a possibility that having the mesh makes your stomach bigger, so when I have the mesh removed will my stomach become flat or at least won’t be as big ?

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