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Help and support to both men and woman who have had the medical device TVT Retropubic, TVT-Secur, TVTO and TOT, synthetic polypropylene mesh for hernias, prolapse, stress incontinence and bladder and bowel disorders. You're not alone!

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Year: April to December 2012
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11th December 2012
TVT Mum Newsletter December 2012
Please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/tvt-newsletter.html >>>

29th November 2012
Global Regina News
Canada - Stephanie Brad, Ruth Olson and Marika English say they have suffered after having meshes implanted.
www.globalregina.com/video/evening+news+nov+28/video.html?v=2310864995#newscasts >>>

29th November 2012
Women seek provincial support for surgery in California
CBC News
Canada - Three Saskatchewan women are at the legislature today, asking the health minister to pay for surgery in California. The women say they are suffering serious complications after having transvaginal meshes implanted in them.
To read more please visit the link below:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/11/28/sk-mesh-operation-1211.html >>>

29th November 2012
Women beg Saskatchewan government to pay for surgical mesh removal
Jennifer Graham, Wednesday, November 28,
Canada - REGINA - One woman has not been able to sit down for seven months, another says she feels like she has steel wool inside her and a third fears she might not be able to have more children. Ruth Olson, Marika English and Stephanie Brad all say they're in agony because of complications from a surgical mesh and they're begging the province of Saskatchewan to pay for its complete removal. "We are angry, we are sick and we are in pain," English said Wednesday at the Saskatchewan legislature.
To read more please visit the link below:
www.globaltvedmonton.com/health/women+beg+saskatchewan+government+to+pay+for+surgical+mesh+removal/6442762174/story.html >>>

29th November 2012
Worldwide Press and Media
USA, NZ, Canada, Australia

To view more please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/press-worldwide.html >>>

28th November 2012
Breaking News…..Major Victory for Women! And for Women’s Health Care!
Truth in Medicine Incorporated Dateline: Miami, FL, USA November 28, 2012
By Lana C. Keeton (copyright protected)
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will be up classifying all Synthetic Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse repair from Class II to Class III within one year. Even better, in the very near future, all but one of the most popular prolapse kits, will no longer be sold.
Please read more on the Truth of Medicine website:
ww.truthinmedicine.us.com/breakingnews.html >>>

28th November 2012
My thoughts on the Recent MHRA Announcement
By Lorraine Evans
Arriving soon or may not arrive until the New Year! This needs urgent and serious action, thank you for understanding.

27th November 2012
Urgent Request: Large Meeting Room Required for the New Year 2013
Our charity is a non profit organization we don't have any Government backed funding we totally rely on public donations. We need a meeting room and if possible to be rate free the room needs to hold 150-200 people. You could donate the meeting room in exchange for a free one off advert placement permanently showing on the website. We can also supply a full website traffic report for you to see the website is very popular World-wide. Many thanks for all your support to our cause.

If you can help please contact us through the secure online form and put the subject header - Meeting Room: Contact us

27th November 2012
Thank you for Signing the Petition!
A massive thank you to everyone who has signed our petition this will show the Medicines and Healthcare Regulary Agency (MHRA) we are NOT small in numbers!
If you haven't signed please can you sign it on the link below, many thanks:
www.thepetitionsite.com/1/an-urgent-review-is-required-on-the-medical-devices-tvt-tvto-tot-and-the-use-of-mesh-graft-for/ >>>

12th November 2012
Press release: MHRA seeks views on the regulation of medical devices
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today urged healthcare professionals and the public to give their views on new draft European laws for the regulation of medical devices such as breast and hip implants and hospital equipment, such as dialysis machines. Medical device regulation continues to be a hot topic of debate following PIP breast implants and the recent safety concerns involving metal-on-metal hips. The MHRA has been pressing the European Commission to strengthen the current European system of regulation for four years and we have now launched a ten-week consultation so that healthcare professionals and the public can give their views on whether new draft legislation from the European Commission goes far enough in the following areas... To read more please click on the link below:
www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/Pressreleases/CON205368 >>>

7th November 2012
A womans Journey of Loss through Surgical Mesh Complications
by The Difference

Featured Host
in Health
Wed, November 7, 2012

Have you ever had random symtoms of abdominal discomfort, vaginal pain, incontinence, pain on intercourse, leg weakness, fatigue and a general feeling of ill health? For our next guest Patricia Sullivan this is her nightmare and she shares her story with women of the world to raise awareness and encourage hope that if you are suffering with complications of Gyneacological mesh, that you are not alone. Patricia Sullivan is a registered nurse and naturopath from New Zealand who has been a health worker for more than 40 years.
To listen to Talk Radion please click on the link below:
www.blogtalkradio.com/thedifference/2012/11/07/a-womans-journey-of-loss-through-surgical-mesh-complications >>>

1st November 2012
TVT Mum Newsletter November 2012
Please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/tvt-newsletter.html >>>

30th October 2012
Contact us located top right on each webpage:
A refresh to content with more information on Secure Online Form, TVT/Mesh Support Helpline Telephone and Email, Email Response, Message Board, Online Chat and Enquiries Urgent and Press

30th October 2012
Transvaginal Mesh “Flawed on Every Level”
October 22, 2012, 10:30:00AM. By Jane Mundy
Fort Lauderdale, FL: Lana Keeton is not suffering in silence. She was implanted with transvaginal mesh in 2001, a procedure that went horribly wrong and almost killed her. Since that time, Lana has been a patient advocate and instrumental in getting the FDA warnings on synthetic surgical mesh issued in 2008 and 2011.
To read the full article please click on the link below:
Truth in Medicine www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/truth-in-medicine.html >>>

Date: 28th October 2012
TWO new videos on the TVT Mum YouTube Channel
TVT Mum - Awareness and Campaign Jan-Oct 2012
About: What a year so far. Since January 2012 we haven't stopped with our awareness campaign and so far so good on progress. The awareness campaign work is totally separate from the support group! for peace of mind and to give assurance no data is ever shared about our support group members to third parties including the MHRA, the Solicitors or any other entity. Thank you for your support to our cause.
To view the video please click on the link below:
http://youtu.be/bG-h1ltAg1Q >>>

Date: 28th October 2012
TVT Mum Support Group - Film and TVT/Mesh Stories
NEW Edited Version
About: This is our journey to be part of the Mesh Mess Documentary. As the students only had 30 minutes of film they couldn't include everyone from our support group. The video is showing the journey and we have included all the submitted TVT/Mesh stories that didn't make it into the documentary. Thank you for watching and for all your support to the cause.
To view the video please click on the link below:
http://youtu.be/W9nGB9T84gk >>>
To view more videos on the TVT Mum YouTube Channel click on the link below:
www.youtube.com/user/TVTMum >>>

Date: 28th October 2012
Medical Device Regulation
The truth behind “made in Europe” labels on medical devices

Published 24 October 2012
In the second part of the BMJ’s joint investigation with the Daily Telegraph, Deborah Cohen shows how notified bodies are advising non-EU implant manufacturers to bend the rules - for the executive from the Hungarian firm authorised to approve medical devices for the European market, the brochure outlining a proposal for a new metal-on-metal total hip implant should have perhaps raised concern.
To read more please click on the link below:
www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e7193 >>>

Date: 26th October 2012
Latest News!
Rosenblatt Solicitors
The barrister QC and Rosenblatt Solicitors in London are working in co-operation with the legal team that just secured the $5.5 million dollar verdict in the United States. To read more please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/rosenblatt-mesh-claimant-questionnaire.html >>>

25th October 2012
New webpage:
The Telegraph and the BMJ
Faulty medical implants investigation

FIFTEEN articles and videos to watch, The MHRA Statement and the European Commission Revision of the medical device directives
Please click on the link below to view all the investigations:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/the-telegraph-uk-bmj-faulty-medical-implants-investigation.html >>>

24th October 2012
Press statement:
MHRA statement on European regulatory system for medical devices

Date: 24 October 2012
Time: 15:00
Subject:Following stories in the Daily Telegraph about their joint investigation with the British Medical Journal into the European regulatory system for medical devices, the MHRA have released the following statement:

An MHRA spokesperson said:
“We recognise that improvements to the regulation of medical devices need to be made. That’s why we fed into the European Commission’s review, specifically recommending improving the oversight of Notified Bodies, the improved surveillance of post-market events and the better collaboration between national regulatory bodies.

“The European Commission published their proposals on 26 September that includes many of the areas of improvement that the UK has been pushing for. We will shortly be consulting on the approach that the UK should take for negotiating the proposed legislation.”
www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/Pressreleases/CON197913 >>>

This is what the MHRA are referring to within their statement:
European Commission
Public Health
Medical Devices
Revision of the medical device directives - Proposals of the European Commission
On 26 September 2012, the European Commission adopted a package on innovation in health consisting of....click on the link below to view all the PDF's...
ec.europa.eu/health/medical-devices/documents/revision/index_en.htm >>>

24th October 2012
Press statement:
MHRA statement on European regulatory system for medical devices

Date: 24 October 2012
Time: 15:00
Subject:Following stories in the Daily Telegraph about their joint investigation with the British Medical Journal into the European regulatory system for medical devices, the MHRA have released the following statement:
Please click on the link below to read more:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/latest-news-from-the-mhra.html >>>

24th October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Claire Newell and Holly Watt
9:56PM BST 23 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation:
'We can help you label it European so China is not on packaging'

Firm tells reporters posing as representatives of hip implant maker how to bend the law. For the female executive from the Hungarian firm which is authorised to approve medical devices throughout Europe, the brochure outlining a proposal for a new “metal-on-metal” hip implant should have rung alarm bells. The two people purporting to be executives from a Chinese firm called “Changi” should politely have been told that such a product could be risky and certification might be a problem.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9629307/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-We-can-help-you-label-it-European-so-China-is-not-on-packaging.html >>>

24th October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Holly Watt, and Claire Newell
10:14PM BST 24 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation:
'We’re paid by manufacturer so want deal to succeed'

The shiny office block in a business district of Seoul is not the most obvious place to find an organisation offering to authorise a medical product for use in patients throughout Europe. But, earlier this month, in a meeting on the 14th floor of the building in South Korea, two undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph posing as representatives from a Chinese company were discussing just such a licence. As the air conditioning hummed in the background, the four smartly dressed Korean men began their presentation — in reality, a sales pitch about how they would effectively be able to guarantee that a metal-on-metal hip implant which should be banned could soon find its way legally into British operating theatres.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9632006/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Were-paid-by-manufacturer-so-want-deal-to-succeed.html >>>

24th October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Holly Watt, and Claire Newell
10:14PM BST 24 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation:
Patients failed by poor implant regulation, say surgeons

Patients are being “failed” by the poor regulation of artificial hips and other medical devices, which is potentially allowing dangerous products to be used in Britain, the Royal College of Surgeons warns. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the Royal College and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) warn that this week’s revelations about the system are a “stark reminder” of the “urgent need to address the regulatory flaws”. A joint investigation by this newspaper and the British Medical Journal discloses that the regulation of European medical products is also being “sub-contracted” to questionable Asian firms.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9631974/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Patients-failed-by-poor-implant-regulation-say-surgeons.html >>>

24th October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
10:00PM BST 24 Oct 2012
Another article and video
South Korea firm offers 'one stop shop' for licencing medical implants

In a joint investigation by The Daily Telegraph and British Medical Journal into the regulation of artificial hips and other medical devices in Europe met with firms which offered to be a 'one stop shop' for authorising a medical product for use in patients across Europe.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9631655/South-Korea-firm-offers-one-stop-shop-for-licencing-medical-implants.html >>>

24th October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
9:50PM BST 23 Oct 2012
Another article and Video
European regulator explains how to mask the real origin of a medical implant

Slovakian firm offers undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph and BMJ 'marketing' advice about how to conceal the country a dubious medical implant really comes from.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9629268/European-regulator-explains-how-to-mask-the-real-origin-of-a-medical-implant.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Holly Watt
6:55AM BST 23 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation:
Patients treated 'like guinea pigs’

European patients are being treated like “guinea pigs” because of lax rules governing medical devices, a senior American regulator claimed last year.
For years, concerns have been raised about Europe’s system for approving hip replacements, artificial knees and other products which have undermined the health of thousands of Britons. In America, a government agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), assesses whether companies should be able to market a device.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9626920/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Patients-treated-like-guinea-pigs.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By By Claire Newell and Holly Watt
6:55AM BST 23 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation: 'Sometimes we cross the line'

Slovakian firm tells undercover reporters it is happy to approve faulty hip implants in the EU.
The offices of the firm in a former Communist town in Slovakia were lined with burnt-out kettles and toasters, testimony to the “safety” tests which take place in the building. EVPU is one of the private companies given the task of assessing, on behalf of the Slovakian government, whether electrical products are safe to be sold throughout the European Union. But the company’s activities are not restricted to licensing domestic appliances to see if they blow up when plugged in. Under European rules, the firm is also authorised to license medical implants such as artificial hips and knees.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9626911/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Sometimes-we-cross-the-line.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Carl Heneghan
Faulty medical implants investigation:
'A system in disarray that favours manufacturers at the expense of safety'

6:55AM BST 23 Oct 2012
The role of medical devices in health care is essential. Yet a number of recent high-profile failings have prompted serious concerns about the current system of regulatory approval, says Carl Heneghan. In terms of regulation, the role of the European Union is to ensure the highest level of patient safety. But what has been found out by the Telegraph and the BMJ’s investigation now puts this claim in serious doubt.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9626921/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-A-system-in-disarray-that-favours-manufacturers-at-the-expense-of-safety.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Telegraph View
8:04PM BST 24 Oct 2012
Patients before profits

Medical implants should be subjected to rigorous clinical trials The inspiration for this newspaper’s investigation into the regulation of hip and other implants – carried out jointly with the British Medical Journal – was the PIP scandal. How, we asked, could tens of thousands of women have received breast implants filled with shoddy materials?
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9630804/Patients-before-profits.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary
9:57PM BST 23 Oct 2012
Jeremy Hunt: I will not tolerate British patients being put at risk

Like many people, I was shocked and appalled to read in The Telegraph that a regulator in Europe said that it was “on the side of the manufacturer” when it comes to licensing products — such as hip replacements — for use in British patients
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9629323/Jeremy-Hunt-I-will-not-tolerate-British-patients-being-put-at-risk.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Claire Newell and Holly Watt
9:57PM BST 23 Oct 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation:
Regulators’ trail of deception has been exposed, says chairman

Andrew Miller, the chairman of a parliamentary select committee investigating the sub-standard regulation of medical devices in Britain, has said that a “trail of deception” has been exposed in the system.
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9629337/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Regulators-trail-of-deception-has-been-exposed-says-chairman.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The Telegraph - UK
By Claire Newell and Holly Watt
9:50PM BST 22 Oct 2012
Article with video
Faulty medical implants investigation:
Patients’ health put at risk by unscrupulous EU regulators

British patients’ health is being put at risk by unscrupulous European regulators who are prepared to license potentially dangerous medical implants for sale in this country, The Telegraph discloses.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9626756/Faulty-medical-implants-investigation-Patients-health-put-at-risk-by-unscrupulous-EU-regulators.html >>>

23rd October 2012
The New Zealand Herald
Mesh implant victim had 'excrutiating pain' after groin surgery

By Chloe Johnson
Sunday Oct 21, 2012
Steve Ross was a happy active man who loved playing with his children. Now, the 48-year-old is wheelchair-bound after surgeons used a controversial mesh implant to repair a hernia.
Please click on the link below to view the full article:
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10841865 >>>

18th October 2012
TVT/Mesh Worldwide Campaigns, Support Groups and Social Media Networking Sites:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/TVT-Mesh-Worldwide-Campaigns-and-Social-Media-Networks.html >>>

17th October 2012
Daily thoughts
By Lorraine Evans
The video Introducing The Mesh Mess Documentary
I uploaded the video to Youtube on the 8th October 2012 you will notice it's now set to private because the 3 students didn't want their filming part - introduction to the 'Mesh Mess documentary' showing in the public domain. I will have to edit the video and this will take me some time to organize. I'm not even sure I have the time to get this done due to a lot of work coming in at all angles! I am not deterred and never will be.

Don't worry though because we have other things going on Worldwide and it WILL get out into the UK public. It's already getting out into the public domain Worldwide in the USA, NZ and Australia and for the UK it's getting out through press releases and of course through this website!

I firmly believe the truth can never be hidden it always surfaces at the right time.
To view more on my daily thoughts please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/daily-thoughts.html >>>

17th October 2012
News from the MHRA
Email sent to TVT Mum from the MHRA dated 9th October 2012

Dear Lorraine:
This is just to let you know that there was a very successful meeting the other day between one of the new Commissioners, representatives of the Professional Bodies and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Department of Health and MHRA concerning the above. This took into account the concerns of patients about these devices which were openly discussed.

There was agreement that there needed to be actions by all parties so that we could keep a careful eye on these issues, ensuring best practice for patients.

There is going to be a press briefing within the next week to 10 days and I will let you know exactly when this is going to be. In the meantime it was acknowledged that the reports from you and your friends and colleagues on adverse events had been extremely helpful in bringing this issue to our attention and that MHRA wanted to promote the future onward reporting of all adverse events so that we can keep an eye on the problems and further discuss with the Professional Bodies as indicated.

I hope that you will recognise that you and your organisation have done a tremendous job in bringing about raising of the profile of this important issue and bringing about changes in practice.

With very best wishes.
Dr Susanne Ludgate
Clinical Director, Devices
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

updatedDate: 17th October 2012
Rosenblatt Solicitors

Lorraine and Hayley had a very successful group meeting with Counsel and Rosenblatt Solicitors on the 12th October 2012.
To read more please click on the link below:
Rosenblatt Solicitors >>>

17th October 2012
Timeline of Events for 2012
Timeline updated today please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/timeline-of-events-2012.html >>>

17th October 2012
Daily Mail - UK
Don't be caught short: From botox jabs to a plaster on your back, the treatments that can fix a leaky bladder

By Carol Davis
PUBLISHED: 16 October 2012
Please be sure to read the submitted comments end of the article, to view the article click on the link below:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2218230/Incontinence-Dont-caught-short-From-botox-jabs-plaster-treatments-fix-leaky-bladder.html >>>

17th October 2012
Daily Telegraph - Australia Mesh class action could be biggest ever
by: Marty Silk
From: AAP
October 16, 20124:11PM
LAWYERS representing women suffering severe side-effects from a surgical mesh say their class action may be the biggest in Australian history. Shine Lawyers partner Rebecca Jancauskas says up to 20,000 women could join the case filed in the Federal Court on Monday against the local arm of US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson Medical, which distributes the mesh.
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/mesh-class-action-could-be-biggest-ever/story-e6freuz0-1226497154980 >>>

17th October 2012
Daily Telegraph - Australia No 'strong' warning against surgical mesh
by: Julian Drape
From: AAP
October 17, 20122:52PM
HEALTH authorities say there has only been a "weak signal" that there could be issues relating to the use of surgical mesh in repairing collapsed female pelvic organs.
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/no-strong-warning-against-surgical-mesh/story-e6freuz0-1226497843232 >>>

17th October 2012
ABC News - Australia Medical giant faces history-making class action
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 15/10/2012
Reporter: Matt Wordsworth
Video and Transcript
Statement from Johnson and Johnson
Statement from TGA
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3611191.htm >>>

17th October 2012
ABC News - Australia
Johnson & Johnson facing massive class action

Date: 16th October 2012
Medical giant Johnson & Johnson is facing its third class action in Australia in as many years, with a case filed in the Federal Court yesterday which relates to a product called transvaginal mesh.
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-5/johnson-26-johnson-facing-massive-class-action/4314346#.UHv2mdwxfWo.wordpress >>>

17th October 2012
New Zealand Herald
Pelvis risk for female gym buffs

By Chloe Johnson
Sunday Oct 14, 2012
Women can avoid the need for controversial mesh surgery if they stop going so hard in the gym, says a physiotherapist. Pelvic-floor physiotherapist Michelle Kenway said high-impact gym routines were contributing to women as young as 15 experiencing incontinence and prolapsed pelvic-floor muscles, a health issue that is costing taxpayers more than $8 billion a year. Low squats with heavy weights, jumping, crunches and even running could damage the pelvic floor and create issues, which could lead to surgery. Her claim comes after a Herald on Sunday investigation into surgical mesh used to secure prolapsed pelvic-floor muscles and organs. The synthetic mesh has caused complications for hundreds of people.Kenway called for gyms to examine members before letting them join. But personal trainer Keri Ropati said a screening was not necessary. Instead, trainers should offer low-impact options.
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10840382 >>>

17th October 2012
Daily Telegraph - Australia
Claims of painful risk in pelvic surgery

From: AAP
October 07 2012
THOUSANDS of Australian women could be suffering severe side-effects if surgical mesh has been used in operations to repair a pelvic organ prolapse, law firm Maurice Blackburn says.
To read full article please click on the link below:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/claims-of-painful-risk-in-pelvic-surgery/story-e6freuz0-1226490148843 >>>

updated17th October 2012
New Zealand Herald
Health bodies stand behind surgical mesh

By Chloe Johnson
Sunday Oct 7, 2012
ACC pays out $3m but authorities say treatment safe.
Carmel Berry has suffered for eight years.
Health authorities are backing the use of a controversial implant, despite mounting evidence of serious complications. Last week the Herald on Sunday revealed hundreds of people had been harmed after receiving surgical mesh. The mesh is a permanent material made from either polypropylene or pig collagen. It is used to repair hernias, incontinence and prolapsed pelvic organs and muscles. More than a dozen people have contacted the Herald on Sunday with horrific accounts of complications.
To read full article please click on the link below:
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838873 >>>

2nd October 2012
The New Zealand Herald
Surgical mesh costs millions

By Chloe Johnson
Sunday Sep 30, 2012
A surgical mesh that is the subject of international lawsuits and health warnings is still being implanted in hundreds of New Zealanders. The mesh is often used for hernia repairs and prolapsed pelvic organs and muscles, despite ACC paying $3.1 million in treatment and compensation to people with post-surgical complications. Heather Anderson has been in pain for eight years since the mesh was implanted in her lower abdomen.
To read more please click on the link direct to the New Zealand Herald:
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837440 >>>

30th September 2012
10 Years of River City
Jeff Holmes

Jeff has very kindly helped our cause in the past with his fantastic fundraising event. We can give our thanks to Jeff by purchasing his latest book. Many thanks. To read more please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/paisley-daily-express-jeff-holmes-fundraising.html >>>

Further update today: 30th September 2012
New Webpage:
Surgical Mesh Listings, The Manufacturers and updates on Worldwide Mesh Litigation
To read more please click on the link below:

29th September 2012
Latest News on Mesh Litigation and Lawsuits

29th September 2012
Article Date: 12 September 2012
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
The term of office of the current Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Sir Michael Rawlins, ends on 31 March 2013 and the Department of Health has indicated that it will shortly be advertising the post. To read more please click on the link below:
www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/news/12-09-12-nice-torcfe/ >>>

28th September 2012
New Webpage:
Parliament and 10 Downing Street
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/parliament-10-downing-street.html >>>

28th September 2012
A recent Development at the MHRA
There will be a forthcoming meeting at the MHRA in the very near future with the Department of Health, the Royal Colleges and Professional Bodies and the Commissioners who commission hospital treatments for patients.

I put in a request for an invite to attend the meeting and then I received a response to say the meeting will be very much internal in the first instance, however, the MHRA would like us included by way of submitting a list of concerns we have on Vaginal Tapes and Meshes to be forwarded to the Commissioner.

The MHRA also mentioned they think it's very important that friends and colleagues understand that they have not stood still on this one but are trying to do the absolute best for patients.

One of the recent emails received from Dr Susanne Ludgate at the MHRA:
Subject: Vaginal Tapes and Meshes
Delivery Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Abstract from the email..
It seems as though I am sure from your end that moving forward is not happening quickly enough. I thought I should write and tell you however that what we have started is now becoming a very much bigger project and one with which I am sure you would approve. We are bringing the Professional Bodies and the Department of Health and Commissioning Board are all anxious now to work together on this issue which they see as a major initiative and we will be having a meeting in the near future with all parties to discuss how to take this forward. I really feel that this is an excellent outcome although it has taken a long time because it means that it has been recognised by all parties that this is a topic that they need to address. Congratulations on your persistence.

With best wishes.
Dr Susanne Ludgate
Clinical Director, Devices
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

If you would like to submit your concerns regarding Vaginal Tapes and Meshes to be put forward to the Commissioner please can you send your email with the subject header: MHRA Meeting Vaginal Tapes and Meshes and send to lorraine@tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk. Many thanks for your support to our cause.

28th September 2012
Update on our Petition
Urgent Review on TVT, TVT-Secur, TVTO & TOT Medical Devices including Synthetic Flat Graft Surgical Mesh

United Kingdom: Progress so far on Petition Signatures
Online Petition Signatures Total: 395
Add your signature online please click here >>>
Hardcopy Signatures Total: 850
Download and print the petition to sign please click here >>>
As at 28th September 2012
Online and Hardcopy Signatures
Combined TOTAL: 1245

We have hit our first target for 1,000 signatures! excellent well done everyone. Now let's see if we can hit another 1,000 before our visit to 10 Downing Street. Everyone involved in our campaign wants to see big changes in Medical Device Regulations and for our voices to be heard! Many thanks for all your kindness supporting our cause.

To view more information on our Petition please click on the link below:- www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/petitions.html >>>
To view mesh stories showing on the petition www.thepetitionsite.com/1/an-urgent-review-is-required-on-the-medical-devices-tvt-tvto-tot-and-the-use-of-mesh-graft-for/ >>>

28th September 2012
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>28th September 2012
Timeline of Events for the Year 2012
United Kingdom
January - September 2012
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/timeline-of-events-2012.html >>>

7th September 2012
A must read:
The Current investigations on TVT/Mesh Implants - How it all got started in the United Kingdom!
Document sent to:
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister - 10 Downing Street, London
Andrew Lansley CBE MP Member of Parliament Secretary of State for Health
By Lorraine Evans

During the year 2011 - I worked on my document for months and months adding every concern I could think of at the time regarding TVT, TVT-Secur,TVTO & TOT Medical Devices and Flat Surgical Mesh used for Prolapse and Hernias. The document was the start of all the current investigations and is in the hands of hundreds of experts within the medical world, regulatory bodies and the legal system around the United Kingdom.

I sent the document on 12th January 2012 and then received shortly after on 25th January 2012 a four page letter from the Department of Health answering all the concerns within my document. TVT Mum is mentioned in the DH letter - 'Websites such as TVT-MUM can also help to increase awareness. The recent increased awareness of this problem is resulting in an increase in the number of reports, helping the MHRA with their assessment'

My document was passed to Dr Susanne Ludgate BSc (Hons) MB ChB DMRT FRCR FRACR Clinical Director, Devices at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and shortly after we were offered a meeting in February 2012 and then it was changed to actual meeting date for the 20th March 2012. One of the concerns raised at the meeting was the medical advice helpline. There is now hope on the horizon for us to have a NHS Mesh Helpline for patients to receive medical expert advice. Please find below an abstract from one of the emails received from Dr Susanne Ludgate:

Email Dated: 21st June 2012 from Dr Susanne Ludgate:
Abstract Start: I have made very firmly with our experts in this area and they have taken this on board such that one of our experts is bringing this up with his Professional Body to ensure for the future there is some mechanism in place where patients can phone in/contact to have their queries answered or indeed be directed to the appropriate person.

I think this is the first time that I have ever known such an initiative to happen so congratulations to you for pushing this forward. End.

Document: Urgent Review on TVT, TVT-Secur,TVTO & TOT Medical Devices and Flat Surgical Mesh used for Prolapse and Hernias
Dated: 12th January 2012
Sent to: The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister - 10 Downing Street, London
Andrew Lansley CBE MP Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire Secretary of State for Health
The document is in PDF format to download please click on this link to view:
Urgent-Review-on-TVT-TVT-Secur-TVTO-and-TOT-Medical-Devices.pdf >>>

8th August 2012
Synthetic TVT/Mesh Medical Device Implant Journey
My Health and Life is coming back!

Daily thoughts By Lorraine Evans Founder of TVT Mum
To read please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/daily-thoughts.html >>>

27th July 2012
Johnson & Johnson Executives Ordered to Testify in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled that three top Johnson & Johnson executives must testify in the transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending before the court. The Hon. Carol Higbee, who is presiding over more than 1,000 mesh cases in a consolidated litigation, said this month that J & J Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky, former J & J Vice Chairman Sheri McCoy, and Ethicon franchise leader Gary Pruden must give depositions that will be videotaped about their roles in the production of the dangerous mesh. Former Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Bill Weldon also will be deposed if documents are uncovered that link him to knowledge of the defective implants. To read the full article please visit the link below:
www.drugwatch.com/2012/07/26/johnson-johnson-executives-ordered-to-testify-in-transvaginal-mesh-lawsuits/ >>>

24th July 2012
The Bakersville California
Bakersfield woman wins $5.5 million in first of trials related to medical device

BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer
In the first of hundreds of such cases poised to go to trial nationwide, a Bakersfield woman has won a $5.5 million judgment against a medical device manufacturer after an implant left her incontinent, in chronic pain and unable to have intercourse.
To read more please click on this direct link:
http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x475201431/Bakersfield-woman-wins-5-5-million-in-first-of-trials-related-to-medical-device >>>

5th June 2012
J&J Tells Judge It Will Stop Sales of Vaginal Implants
By Alex Nussbaum and Jef Feeley on June 05, 2012
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit told a federal judge in West Virginia it intends to stop selling four vaginal mesh implants after being sued by more than 600 women who say the products caused internal injuries.
To read more on this article please click on the link below:
www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06-04/j-and-j-tells-judge-it-will-stop-selling-vaginal-mesh-implant >>>

15th May 2012
'Something similar should be done for mesh damaged patients'

To read the full report please click on this PDF pdfs/dh_134043.pdf >>>
Aricle in the Daily Mail
PIP implant whitewash: Department of Health insists it took 'appropriate' action despite mass panic
By Claire Bates
PUBLISHED: 13:05, 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:13, 14 May 2012
A government review into the PIP breast implant scandal has warned the UK medicine's regulator that it must take decisive action to prevent any similar incidents in the future.
However, it insisted both the MHRA and Department of Health acted 'appropriately' to the health scare at the time, even though conflicting advice caused mass panic among tens of thousands of affected wome
www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2144149/PIP-implant-whitewash-Department-Health-insists-took-appropriate-action-despite-mass-panic.html >>>

2nd May 2012
We posted on our website the details regarding the BAUS 2012 Glasgow Conference under the MHRA work in the pipeline however, there appears to be some misunderstanding from some people in another support group in the UK saying - we have been invited to this meeting! We have never said any such thing, this has not only caused confusion to us but to poor Professor Chapple who has more important things to do than to try and resolve such petty matters!! I hope this clarifies our position and the misunderstanding through no fault of our own. Thank you for understanding.
Date: 3rd April 2012
Female Urology Professor Christopher Chapple Chair of the Section of Female, Neurological and Urodynamic Urology
From the Chairman of the Section of Female, Neurological & Urodynamic Urology, Professor Chris Chapple

The Section meeting on Monday 25 June 1012 will start with a review of the latest recommendations coming forward from the European guidelines group. Malcolm Lucas and Bill Turner will discuss the diagnosis of incontinence and give an update on the management of incontinence To read More please click on the external link direct to baus: www.baus.org.uk/AGM2012/sfnuu >>>

Work in Progress - Translabial Ultrasound information, thank you for your patience. More news, other events and updates as below

Date: 23th April 2012
Correspondence with the MHRA
Lorraine sent an email to the MHRA on 5th April 2012
Can the MHRA issue a medical device alert on Vaginal Tape/Mesh? similar format to the the one as below:-
Medical Device Alert: Metal-on-metal (MoM) total hip replacements (MDA/2012/016)

Thank you for the update regarding the successful workshop we look forward to seeing the notes of the meeting on your website, it does sound promising a few things are going to be actioned. Has there been a date set for the information to be uploaded? the women need some hope the MHRA are taking action, many thanks. Lorraine
To see the reply from the MHRA please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-april-2012-latest-news.html >>>

Date: 23th April 2012
New Wordpress Blog
Added to our website on 23rd April 2012. This will be good for everyone to express their thoughts on some of the items within our website.
tvt mum blog
arrow Blog to Share your thoughts - tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/wp/ >>>

22nd April 2012
A standardized description of graft-containing meshes and recommended steps before the introduction of medica devices for prolapse surgery. Consensus of the 2nd IUGA Grafts Roundtable: Optimizing Safety and Appropriateness of Graft Use in Transvaginal Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.
Please read the full PDF on the link below:
Consensus of the 2nd IUGA Grafts Roundtable.pdf >>>
Comment: What the heck is going to happen for all those people injured over the past decade? we won't be hidden and brushed under the carpet.

22nd April 2012
To view full details please click on the PDF link below:
SurgicalMasterClassinUrogynaecology.pdf >>>
Comment: There are lots of sessions about putting mesh in but none about how to take it out or deal with the complications.
There is also very little about patient consent, offering conservative non-surgical management or not doing operations of dubious value.
Many of these new operations are either totally unnecessary or are of such limited benefit that extreme caution should be observed. Unfortunately many gynaecologists are effectively trying to ' sell ' these procedures to their patients.

22nd April 2012
Dr Karen Guerrero, Consultant Urogynaecologist
Here is an article about Scotland's leading mesh expert - Dr Karen Guerrero, Consultant Urogynaecologist.
To read more please click on the link below:
www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=17497 >>>

22nd April 2012
Meshie Survival Foundation USA
Meshie Survival Foundation
4/15/12 07:54 AM
Curtice couple begins organization for women injured from faulty medical device.
A hotly debated subject in congress and the FDA, is proving to be a concern for Americans as medical devices slip through loopholes and into Americans injuring and destroying lives. The FDA’s 510(k) clearing process is presently under scrutiny by several organizations including the Institute of Medicine.
Please click on the link below to read more:
www.pbn.com/Meshie-Survival-Foundation,66883 >>>

22nd April 2012
Multimillion-dollar lawsuit over vaginal mesh
Canada: Carol Kouyoumjian speaks of her experience with the surgical mesh in this undated video image.
Date: Tue. Apr. 17 2012 10:00 PM ET
A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed by a group of women who say their lives have never been the same since they had a surgical mesh inserted in them to help treat an embarrassing problem.
Carol Kouyoumjian is one of the women involved in the suit. The former nurse had a stubborn case of incontinence. So six years ago, doctors inserted a transvaginal mesh product around her bladder to try to stop the leaking.
Diane McLaughlin also had the mesh implant in 2006. It solved her bladder problem, but she says it also left her with bouts of severe leg pain.
Read more: www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120417/transvaginal-mesh-women-lawsuit-incontinence-120417/ >>>

18th April 2012
Truth in Medicine - Advancing Patient Safety in the Nation's Capitol! - For Immediate Release!
Lana Keeton, President and Founder of Truth in Medicine, continues to advance the work of the patient advocacy group through her outreach efforts that are increasingly landing the group in the public’s eye. Through hard work and perseverance, Keeton has earned a seat at the table in key venues. Ms. Keeton will present at Mass Torts Made Perfect in Las Vegas, April 20, 2012, is an invited guest lecturer at the UT Quest program at the University of Texas at Austin next January and sat on the FDA's Patient Stakeholder Panel Wednesday, March 28th in Washington, D.C. at the MDUFA III public meeting in advance of re-authorization by Congress this fall. To read more please click on the PDF as below:
Advancing-Patient-Safety-in-the-Nations-Capitol.pdf >>>

18th April 2012
Transcript for Public Workshop - Medical Device User Fee Program Public Meeting
March 28, 2012

Abstract: Speaker Lana Keeton from Truth in Medicine USA - When I was fighting for my life following emergency surgery to remove a flesh eating bacteria on Christmas morning 2001, I had no idea I had a piece of polypropylene implanted in me a few days before by my doctor, a piece of petroleum waste by product they won't put in a gas tank, an untested, unsafe medical device cleared by the FDA.

Not only does the medical device industry produce products internationally, it produces harm internationally. Lorraine Evans, who's the U.K. Director of Truth in Medicine and founder of TVT Mum charity in Bristol, United Kingdom, recently received a response from the Department of Health after raising concerns to David Cameron, Prime Minister of England, and Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health, of the severe ongoing harm from synthetic surgical mesh. To read more please click on the PDF link as below:
Transcript-for-Public-Workshop -Medical-Device-User-Fee-Program.pdf >>>

18th April 2012
EMA Committee Chair Suddenly Resigns
By Ed Silverman April 5th, 2012
The fallout from the Mediator scandal continues. The chair of the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, which approves new drugs, unexpectedly resigned yesterday. And an EMA spokesman tells us the departure was linked to his role as a scientific advisor to the French healthcare regulator, Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Produits de Sante, or AFSSAPS. Please click on the link below to read more:
www.pharmalot.com/2012/04/ema-committe-chair-suddenly-resigns/ >>>

For all the ladies and men suffering at this time
Sugababes - Stronger
You can listen and see the lyrics on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/cheerup.html >>>

Marconi Union - Weightless (Radox) HighQuality Audio (most relaxing tune)
Sent in by Elaine-H
You can listen to this video on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/relax-your-mind-and-heal.html >>>

10th April 2012
Trustee Profiles
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/trustee-profiles.html >>>

10th April 2012
About us
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/aboutus.html >>>

10th April 2012
mhra logoThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) UK and updates
News from the MHRA

www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/news-from-the-mhra.html >>>

10th April 2012
MHRA Latest News
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/latest-news-from-the-mhra.html >>>
MHRA Alerts
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-alerts.html >>>
Our journey begins this year 2012 to see some BIG changes!
Date: 20th March 2012
Our meeting with the MHRA
Abstract from an email received from Dr Susanne Ludgage BSc (Hons) MB ChB DMRT FRCR FRACR MBA Clinical Director. Progress with the MHRA and further workshops and conferences. Please click on the link below to read more:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-work-in-the-pipeline.html >>>
MHRA What you need to know
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-what-you-need-to-know.html >>>
MHRA Medical Device Alert Posters
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-posters.html >>>
MHRA Archive
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/mhra-archive.html >>>

10th April 2012

woman in pain

Surgical Synthetic Medical Mesh Implants

Medical devices Trans-Vaginal Tension Free Tape (TVT), Trans-vaginal Tension Free Tape (Mini TVT-Secur), Trans-vaginal Tape Obturator (TVT-O), and Trans-vaginal Tape Obturator (TOT) for Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and flat surgical mesh related products for Prolapse and Hernias have caused thousands of men and women significant damage to their health and quality of life.

TVT/Mesh Injured Patients

Please click here to view our storyboard:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/tvt-mesh-injured-patients-storyboard.html >>>

10th April 2012
Worldwide Campaign Websites and Social Media Network
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/TVT-Mesh-Worldwide-Campaigns-and-Social-Media-Networks.html >>>

10th April 2012
Curtice woman warns others not to get surgical mesh implants
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/press-worldwide.html >>>

updated 4th April 2012
TVT Mum was involved in the recent Public Workshop - Medical Device User Fee Program. Details from Truth in Medicine and the FDA are showing as below.
In support to this meeting I put my own brief TVT Story and some details about our Support Group please click on the PDF's as below:
TVT-Mum-Support-Group.pdf >>>
Lorraine-Evans-25-March-2012-tvt-story.pdf >>>

To read more please click on the links below:-

www.truthinmedicine.us.com/devicesafetymdufaiii.html >>>

Public Workshop - Medical Device User Fee Program Public Meeting, March 28, 2012 The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to present their views on the draft recommendations for the reauthorization of the medical device user fee program. We welcome this opportunity to hear from stakeholders as we conclude negotiations for the next reauthorization of the medical device user fee program.
www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/ucm292860.htm >>>

2nd April 2012
CR Investigates: Dangerous medical devices
Most medical implants have never been tested for safety

Consumer Reports magazine: May 2012
Surgical mesh: No testing
In 2007, Janet Holt of Floresville, Texas, felt swelling in her pelvic area. She went to her gynecologist, who told her that her bladder and uterus had prolapsed—dropped out of their normal position within her pelvis. The doctor recommended a hysterectomy and bladder lift.
To read more on this article please click the link below:-
www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-reports-magazine/May-2012/medical-devices.html >>>

There are many people who have signed our online petition and some have shared their stories. Some have also downloaded a copy to collect signatures. It is fantastic to see the men are starting to sign the petition too, we need you all to support our cause and help all women who are wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters suffering.

Online Petition:
TVT Mum Petition to sign online >>>

Download Petition to collect Signatures:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/petition.pdf >>>
Progress on petition signatures:
Petition and Signatures >>>

At this present time we do our own extensive research on this area as I was told from a Medical Professional and on good authority "the medical profession is actually very alert to surgical complications and sadly, investment in research into the area is not regarded as a priority by medical research funding bodies, which seriously hampers our ability to get a true handle on the situation".

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