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Scotland: Industry Sponsored Docs on Mesh Safety Review Team

Scottish mesh conflicts of interest october 2014

Another story by Scottish reporter Marion Scott finds that a government probe into mesh implants is allegedly under the heavy influence of industry in this case Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. 

Two of the doctors placed on a government review team have been named –  Ash Monga and Karen Guerrero.

Dr. Monga calls himself a “consultant for Gynecare” in a 2009 research paper, and Dr. Guerrero has received an “educational sponsorships”  which includes travel and payments from Ethicon and C.R. Bard, another mesh maker.

Scottish Mesh Survivors, a grassroots group of women implanted with mesh, is concerned that a government review may be compromised by these appointments. You’ll recall Health Minister Alex Neil  asked for a suspension on the use of pelvic organ mesh fearing the actual reports he heard from mesh-injured women represented just a fraction of what was happening.

The two doctors are members of a 22-member safety review commission which is charged with investigating pelvic mesh products. That review was launched by Health Secretary Neil.

See the background story here.

Sunday Mail’s Marion Scott’s excellent reporting here.

 

Scottish Labour’s shadow health secretary Neil Findlay said: “It is outrageous that, after taking over a year to reach a decision on mesh implants, the Health Secretary has appointed doctors to the review who might appear to have a vested interest.“Those affected have been through far too much in the past few years and this latest development is simply inexcusable.”

More quotes from the story here:

Ethicon’s Lucinda Macari said: “Ethicon, in conjunction with the Association of British Healthcare Industries, are supporting efforts by the Scottish Independent Review to gather full and accurate information about pelvic mesh products.”The Scottish Government said: “This must be an entirely independent review and will be completed as such.”

 

10 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    I’m notnsurprised at all.. I guess I am that’ USA is not the only one that does it. But after seeing expose on PHARMA last night on 60 minutes and learning that they charge 10 x more in this country then anywhere else is unbelievable. They charge the doctor he charges Medicare the full price because there is a law that Medicare pays what ever pharmaceutical company charges and pharm turns aound and reimburses them 6000 dollars, all on the backs of American taxpayer, whe other cheaper drugs are just as effective. These are cancer drugs by the way. My whole point here is our healthcare system is based on profit margin and it dollars before safety, dollars before human lives. PHARMA a big lobbing group in Washington, D.C. Is bleeding the American taxpayer. Doctors to in some cases, GREED. It’s ugly,

  2. Jan Urban says:

    I am wondering? Do the Doctors and Hospital buy these mesh devices in advance and have them on hand in a store room. Or do they order them for each procedure? What is the price for a device? How much if any do they mark the cost up on this device? How much profit do they make if any off of this device? Do the Hospitals and Doctor’s get incentives to buy one device over another? We know we can examine or get information as to Medicare and possibly Medicaid. But what about the private insurers?

  3. heart broken says:

    this is only the tip of the iceberg, training research students, and paying for there courses in America,seminars all through the large corporate companies, some from Europe, Drs, clinical specialist . of course these people wont testify its a massive cover up which is worldwide. don’t be fooled .just take a look at there credentials and certificates somewhere is the truth…..

  4. msm says:

    Apparently neither the Scottish Government nor the U.S. Government understands the definition of “entirely” or “independent”. Everyone involved should get jail time when this all blows up in their faces. But they won’t. They’ll duck and dodge their way out of any involvement.

    How will the study be conducted? Over what period? Will they do what the U.S. is doing and implant more women for the “study”? Will it be a true “review” and look over what is happening to women who have already been implanted ? Will the study continue only until the women are 1-2 years out and call it a successful outcome in favor of mesh even though they have excluded half of the subjects before the study is completed? Is 1-2 years the “limited warranty” on the mesh? They should study women who have already been implanted from 2002 until 2020.

    What will be an “acceptable” percentage of failures? What will constitute a “failure”? Will it only include self-reports of sexual satisfaction and incontinence as do most of the current studies? Or will it include the gamut of negative effects on the body from the mesh, the tools used, and the procedures dictated by the manufacturers? It’s not just the mesh itself (though that is plenty). The manufacturers have devised the procedures as well and the instructions for the actual procedure come directly from them.

    Add in the “informed consent” issue. Study what information has been given to patients prior to surgery? Did it fully educate the patient? Did it include the exact post-surgical injury/failure/defect/symptoms suffered by the patient? Is there even a way to truly inform patients of the dangers and still receive consent? Stop tip-toeing around trying to figure out how to get women and men to consent to mesh while getting out of any liability.

    Sorry to rant but it is just so obviously skewed before it starts. Nobody wants to look at the whole picture because they know they won’t like what they find and they won’t be able to cover it up.

    • Kitty says:

      msm—–Informed consent is the key. I remember the book I got when I was implanted. It was a beauriful almot like a little comic book that painted such a wonderful glorious outcome. It was printed by KAMES I wish I would have saved the booklet. There was not any indication of any of complications–just that you could not lift for 6 weeks. Oh the joy and happiness—-until 4 weeks later., I never put 2 and 2 together that the mesh caused these horrible spasms in the sacral area. I remember walking thru Target and screaming in pain—on my cell phone begging my Dr for Muscle relaxants. I could never figure out why they didnt work. Doe anyone have a copy of this booklet.?? It came out in 2002Love your post you can rant

      • Kitty says:

        The booklet was from KRAMES Stay Well I just called them to see if they had the old boolet –but they dont They informed me the only teachng book they have is on Hernia Mesh—— They have no booklets on Transvaginal mesh.pre op instructions. DONT CUT my VAGINA!!!! Its so embarassing even talking about this to the lady on the phone. I can see why no one cares about us

  5. heart broken says:

    where are they? Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, or any ladies in Congress, you could be sure if they had been implanted there would be outrage. thousand of mesh survivors stories, in the courts in small town tabloids, this is a major health issue costing million , no major investigations ?? why because its about womens vaginas, urethas, female problems that are not talked about!!come on we are in the 21st century .I would like to see a world list of how many true mesh sufferers there are ……if it had been a mans problem things would be very different……

    • msm says:

      I wonder how much “silence” is related to ignorance. The female anatomy has always been this mysterious place not to be talked about even by women. Men’s ED drugs are constantly advertised and talked about. I have noticed over the past few months that commercials on broadcast TV for female incontinence products and drugs have all but vanished. In their place are the unisex ads for Depends with people parading through the streets wearing incontinence undergarments. Wonder how that happened?

      The less public focus on female pelvic issues, the less chance that mesh will enter the media. If mesh is the best alternative, why are there no commercials advertising this “gold standard” of treatment? We will NEVER see the native tissue solution mentioned as a choice because it is not lucrative. Here I go again with another rant. Sorry.

    • p Dixon says:

      I had the Transvaginal mesh kit with Bladder sling implanted in me in 2007, I have been very sick and in pain,infections almost non stop for 7 years,been to so many doctors I can’t count,after getting decent insurance after the afordable healthcare act in Jan. 2014 I got a colonoskpy that clearly showed a white plastic liking device Embeded in my colon,my new Dr. Said Oh No, It is a Shadow,I emediately said He’ll No, that is the Mesh Sling or the plastic Sutures or Staples that are causing all my pain,misery & infections,He asked me so many questions that I wish I did not answer, these Dam Doctors,ect… Are all lieing & covering up for these Mesh People and Mesh Pushers.

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