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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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

17th 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 >>>

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:

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 >>>

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/ >>>

6th April 2012
Curtice woman warns others not to get surgical mesh implants
www.presspublications.com/health/9045-curtice-woman-warns-others-not-to-get-surgical-mesh-implants >>>

4th February 2012
Bill Would Require More Monitoring of Implants‏
Published: December 14, 2011

Amid growing problems with artificial hips and other medical implants, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday that would force manufacturers to track the performance of such products after they were approved for sale.

The bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to compel companies to track implants, such as replacement hips, that belong to a category of products that do not require human testing for approval.

The proposal is an effort to address longstanding complaints by patient advocates and others like the Institute of Medicine about a system known as the 510(k) process that the F.D.A. uses to clear the sale of certain implants like artificial joints. To sell a new product under that system, a producer need only show that it is “substantially similar” to a product already on the market.

Thousands of the all-metal hips that are now failing prematurely in patients were approved through the 510(k) system. The new proposal would not require added premarket testing of such implants but would broaden the F.D.A’s postapproval oversight by giving it the authority to mandate that companies collect data on device performance. The bill, if adopted, would also tighten federal scrutiny of product recalls.

The bill was sponsored by two Democrats, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and a Republican, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. In a telephone interview, Mr. Blumenthal said that the legislation would enhance patient safety without slowing device approval. He called the all-metal hips a “classic example” of why such monitoring was needed.

“There is clearly a need for scrutiny once products are implanted or used on patients,” he said.

A wave of recently introduced bills backed by the medical device industry would “streamline” F.D.A. rules to allow new products to reach market more quickly. And while the bill introduced Wednesday most likely faces an uphill fight, it may serve as a negotiating chip in a Congressional debate next year over F.D.A. device regulation.

A spokeswoman for the F.D.A., Karen Riley, said that the Obama administration had not taken a position on the bill. Wanda Moebius, a spokeswoman for a device industry trade group, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, said the group had not seen the bill but added that studies had shown that the current 510(k) approval process was “remarkably safe.”

Along with introducing the bill, the three senators sent letters Wednesday to five major producers of medical devices seeking documents about how they track product safety and recall devices.

The companies were Johnson & Johnson, an artificial joint maker; Zimmer Holdings, another producer of artificial joints; Medtronic, a heart and spinal implant producer; Boston Scientific, a heart device maker, and C. R. Bard, a surgical implant maker.

Specifically, in the case of Johnson & Johnson, Congressional investigators want to know when the company was warned that one of its all-metal hips — the A.S.R., or Articular Surface Replacement — was failing and how it tracked those problems. Last year the DePuy division of Johnson & Johnson recalled the device after it had been implanted in some 93,000 patients worldwide, including 40,000 in this country.

As of early October, about 3,500 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in connection with the A.S.R., and studies here and abroad suggest that the A.S.R. may have already failed a few years after implant in more than twice that number of patients here. Artificial hips are supposed to last 15 years or more before requiring replacement.

Last month, a legislative panel in Australia issued a report that concluded that Johnson & Johnson was probably aware of serious problems with the A.S.R well before recalling it. The panel also characterized the company’s responses to its questions as “decidedly opaque.”

“Many people could have avoided considerable pain, suffering and diminished quality of life if the company had acted in a responsible manner to known problems with these devices,” the Australian report stated.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for DePuy, Mindy Tinsley, said, “We believe we made the appropriate decision to recall at the appropriate time given the available information.”

A version of this article appeared in print on December 15, 2011, on page B10 of the New York edition with the headline: Bill Would Require More Monitoring Of Implants.

Source:www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/business/bill-would-require-more-monitoring-of-implants.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=medical%20devices&st=cse >>>

4th February 2012
Take Action with Truth in Medicine and Consumers Union!!
and....Democrats Call for Congressional Hearing on Lap Bands and Vaginal Mesh!!
By Lana C. Keeton‏

HELLO EVERYONE....THERE'S LOTS HAPPENING!!!...the genie is out of the bottle and device makers can not put him back in! Truth in Medicine agrees Synthetic Surgical Mesh and Lap Bands should be investigated by Congress for the serious complications (and deaths!) caused by these overused, misused, unsafe medical devices. Please click on the link below to read more:- www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/truth-in-medicine-take-action-with-truth-in-medicine-and-consumers-union.html >>>

4th February 2012
Truth in Medicine
Doctor Disconnect:
Synthetic Surgical Mesh Myths and Lies
By Lana C. Keeton

If you went to your barber for a haircut and he cut out a chunk of your scalp, along with your hair, you would find another barber. Yet it is accepted practice, and even recommended by prominent surgeons…and paid for by insurance companies…to remove “chunks” of a woman’s vagina or bladder, or other tissue or organ, to remove pieces of “eroding” surgical mesh. Without anesthesia, I might add. This is a barbaric practice.. To read more please click on the link below:-
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/truth-in-medicine-doctor-disconnect.html >>>

21st December 2011
For Immediate Release
Dateline: Miami Beach, Florida
December 19, 2011

Truth in Medicine applauds Senators Standing Up for Patients

Congratulations to Senator Herbert Kohl, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chuck Grassley for their bi-partisan Medical Device Patient Safety Act. Truth in Medicine applauds and supports their actions and sees this as a spectacular win for patients. Bravo! To read more please click on this PDF www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/Truth-in-Medicine-applauds-Senators-Standing-Up-for-Patients.pdf >>>

Article in the New York Times Newspaper. Women Sue Over Device to Stop Urine Leaks Amber Suriani, with her daughter, Sabrina. Ms. Suriani is a plaintiff in a lawsuit over obtape, a treatment for urinary incontinence in women.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27323060/ MSNBC News - Incontinence surgery linked to complications 1,000 reports of problems from mesh used in surgeries, officials say

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/10/22/surgical-mesh.html CBC News - Surgical mesh tied to complications in women

http://www.wsmv.com/news/18159640/detail.html WSMV News - Woman Suffers Surgery Complications Medical Mesh Left Her Nearly Unable To Walk

http://www.wnem.com/video/18019557/index.html WNEM News I-TEAM: Painful Medical Practices. If you've ever had a hernia repaired, chances are you have a piece of surgical mesh inside your body that could be doing more harm than good. Note: Please allow the advert to run at the begining then you can view the stories.

14th June 2010
Agenda: The Committee on the Public Health Effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) Clearance Process will hold a public workshop on June 14-15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop is for the committee to gather information related to the statement of task. YOU CAN HEAR STORIES FROM SUFFERERS AT TRUTH IN MEDICINE - USA Showing on our website. Institute of Medicine >>>

www.justnews.com/video/17492050/index.html Lana's video on Surgeries Using Synthetic Mesh Could Have Adverse Reactions. Surgical procedures using synthetic medical mesh implants could have an adverse reaction on some patients. At the begining of the video there is an advert, please let the advert roll when video starts, then you can hear Lana's story.

22 September 2010
Article in the Readers Digest September 2010 edition please visit the following links for the full article in PDF format
Medical Devices That Can Kill >>>
Full article in the Readers Digest >>>
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