Thousands of women await day in court against J&J. Maggie Bednarz longed to join the people planning to picket outside Johnson & Johnson's annual shareholders meeting in New Brunswick today, but knew it would be impossible.
"I could never go," she said in disappointment. "I can't stand up that long. " Bednarz is one of nearly 55,000 women suing the pharmaceutical giant over the transvaginal surgical mesh implants it sold to help fix bladder leakage or bulges in pelvic organs. Those lawsuits claim that the mesh shrank, broke into pieces, moved about internally or adhered to bone - making it nearly impossible to remove. In New Jersey alone, the lawsuits number in the thousands, the list of the women's names running to 181 pages. They're part of one of the largest mass medical injury cases in the country - one that has lumbered along through the courts for years, with no clear end in sight. Engleman Trial Against J&J Pelvic Mesh Begins Today - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 10, 2017 ~ It’s been 14 months since the last product liability trial naming a mesh manufacturer.
In this case, Ms. M. Engleman was implanted with two pelvic meshes made by Ethicon, the division of Johnson & Johnson. Documentary: J&J Knew Risks of Prolift - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Mesh News Desk, February 22, 2017 ~ A news magazine in The Netherlands has just aired a documentary that says Ethicon/ Johnson & Johnson was well aware problems would happen with the Prolift transvaginal mesh and marketed it anyway.
The documentary shown on the show RADAR in mid-February. #radartv Prolift was the most used pelvic mesh in that country, according to government officials. Home - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. AUGS Survey on Pelvic Mesh Complications - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 21, 2016 ~ Consumers injured by pelvic mesh may want to reach out to the medical group with a specialty in female pelvic health.
This survey Note * Please check the “Other” box to add any comments. The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) has created a survey to learn more about patients’ experiences with SUI, stress urinary incontinence, treatment of SUI and life after the treatment selected. They are interested in hearing from women to help raise awareness and better inform other patients seeking information about SUI treatment options. The American Urogynecologic Society is a medical society of roughly 1,800 members, many of whom have a specialty in urogynecology. AUGS is planning its upcoming annual conference in Denver next week to discuss, among other things, the future of pelvic mesh in light of 100,000 defective product lawsuits filed in the U.S. alone.
This questionnaire went out to member doctors. Boston Scientific Pinnacle Pelvic Mesh Verdict Overturned, Plaintiff Wins New Trial - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair kitMesh Medical Device News Desk, September 14, 2016 ~ Plaintiff wins a new trial as Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit is Overturned.
A decision by a Massachusetts Appeals Court means a mesh-injured woman from Ohio will win a new trial against Boston Scientific over her Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit pelvic mesh implant she claims caused her injuries. Yesterday, the court overturned the 2014 verdict against Diane Albright. The jury in her 2014 trial in Massachusetts had concluded her Pinnacle pelvic mesh was not defective and the warnings to her doctor were adequate. Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice See the Mesh News Desk background story here and after the verdict here.
Lawyers for Albright immediately filed an appeal. 169 Pelvic Mesh Cases Poised For Trial in PA Beginning This Fall - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Philadelphia Court of Common PleasMesh Medical Device News Desk, July 19, 2016 ~ The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has 169 pelvic mesh trials waiting for a date to begin with 14 already scheduled.
Most of the defective product cases name as a defendant Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson. The Philadelphia Courts of Common Pleas is where Pennsylvania’s trial jurisdiction that have existed since the colonial charter of Pennsylvania. It is also the home of a state Mass Tort involving pelvic mesh implanted in women to treat incontinence and prolapse. European Union Cracks Down on Toxins in Plastic Used for Medical Devices - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Plastic mesh The Graduate, YouTubeMesh Medical Device News Desk, June 13, 2016 ~ Using Plastic for Permanent Implants Is Not the Ideal MaterialMr.
McGuire: I just want to say one word to you – just one word.Ben: Yes sir.Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Ben: Yes I am.Mr. McGuire: ‘Plastics.’Ben: Exactly how do you mean? By the time young Dustin Hoffman was being schooled on his future in the 1967 film, “The Graduate,” the medical industry had discovered plastics. Derived from the Greek word, “plastikos,” meaning to mold or form, plastics had an advantage over steel, ceramics and glass for medical use. Derived from oil refineries generating many units of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, by midcentury, production techniques allowed plastics to be molded into medical devices including those implantable – heart valves, stents, pacemakers, defibrillators, silicone implants, hip and bone implant components and hernia and pelvic mesh, to name a few.
Boston Scientific Bolsters Pelvic Mesh Warning Label - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. June 28, 2016, Mesh Medical Device News Desk ~ Boston Scientific Updates Warning in Pelvic Mesh Instructions In a move that could be considered too little and too late – Boston Scientific (BSC) is updating the warning on its pelvic mesh products.
The news was announced in a press release by the Marlborough Mass.- based company and its Boston Scientific International division. The news release also confirms that BSC mesh recalled in the U.S. is still being exported for use overseas, including mesh implants that may contain counterfeit mesh smuggled into the U.S. from China. See the background from Mostyn Law here. Boston Scientific is one of seven companies that is the subject of defective product litigation. BSC is adding more warnings and alerts to the Directions for Use (DFU), the label that accompanies the permanent polypropylene implants read by doctors, in case it is accused that the warnings are insufficient. AMS Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Settled and Dismissed by the Hundreds - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. When Husbands Hurt from Pelvic Mesh - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk.
“Hi Jane, “I see your looking for a few articles from husbands what are looking for things like how we feel about your love one being debilitated hurt in pain every day and having to take over most chores.
“Feeling guilty as your supposed to look after your wife and protect her from being harmed and not knowing something like this could never happen as it was just a half hour surgery or so which was supposed to improve your wife’s life. Feeling horrible inside knowing you can’t take away her pain watching your wife become somewhat dependent on her pain killers and knowing that even with them it’s still not taking the pain away. “Going for a walk as your wife needs to go either if it’s raining thirty below or whatever the weather might be and you sometimes have to make her go as she has to bring down her blood pressure knowing if she doesn’t she will just get sicker and sicker. “I know the night when I took her to the walk-in and she was sent to the emergency room and Thanks, 90,000 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Burden Court, Judge Dismisses 140 Bard Cases - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Judge Joseph GoodwinMesh Medical Device News Desk, April 27, 2016 ~ Judge Joseph Goodwin Monday dismissed 149 product liability lawsuits naming mesh maker C.R.
Bard, ending the plaintiffs’ ability to file another pelvic mesh product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer ever again.He wrote, “all claims have been compromised and settled.” Medtronic and Covidien supplied the mesh to Bard and they were also named in the dismissal, which presumably followed an undisclosed settlement amount. Judge Goodwin dismissed them with prejudice meaning they cannot be filed again. The multidistrict litigation involving pelvic mesh made by seven manufacturers before Judge Goodwin is the largest ever amassed in one court which, as of today, numbers 90,131 cases. To lighten the untenable load, numerous cases have been remanded back to state courts across the country or settled and removed from the list.
Settlements, Trials. When Marlex Mesh Erosion Appears as Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Marlex Mesh Erosion, J of the American Board of Family Medicine July 20, 2012 ~ In this published report in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Jan-Feb 2012, doctors from Dewitt Amy Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA, determined irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be caused by a mesh complication. In this case a 50-year-old woman had Marlex hernia mesh implanted 13 years earlier to treat periumbilical herniorrhaphy or a protrusion of fat or intestines outside of the muscle. It shows up as a bump near the bellybutton. The woman had one bowel movement a week and symptoms diagnosed as IBS. Large amounts of Marlex were found in her stool and a colonoscopy diagnosed her with IBS. The Marlex mesh “had fully eroded into the lumen of the small bowel, causing a partial obstruction” and something called fecalization. Cisson $2 million Compensatory and Punitive Verdict against C.R. Bard Upheld by Appellate Court.
Mesh News Desk, January 18, 2016 ~ The pelvic mesh trial against manufacturer C.R. Bard was the first bellwether case to be held in the newly formed multidistrict litigation in Charleston, West Virginia. Right out of the gate, Donna Cisson’s attorney, Henry Garrard, presented to the jury the Material Safety Data Sheet that accompanied the raw polypropylene resin used to make her Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. Garrard showed jurors company emails exchanged between high ranking executives, that they would form a dummy company so the supplies of the resin would not be disrupted. That’s because the supplier, Chevron Phillips, included a warning on the MSDS, not to use the resin to make implantable medical devices and would not sell to Bard had it known that was exactly what C.R.
Bard would do. See background stories by MND here , here and here. Afro-Middle-East-hernia-Society-dr-robert-bendavid. Patient Advocate Lana Keeton Sues J&J, FDA for Criminal Obstruction of Justice - Dead Women Matter! Keeton at Hart Senate Office Dec 2014Lana Keeton has probably done more to bring awareness of the pelvic mesh mess than any single individual.She has spoken to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), held rallies in Washington, D.C., testified to the expert panel convened to discuss transvaginal mesh in September 2011. Having worked within the system for so long, with a very slow if not nonexistent response from the FDA, Keeton has filed a federal, criminal lawsuit naming Johnson & Johnson, the FDA and its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and the CDRH regulators who ignored his responsibility to act in the public interest.
Below is her news release. This week a series of interviews will follow. July 20, 2015LanaKeeton@MedDeviceExpertLLC.com Patient advocate and medical device expert, Lana Keeton has filed a civil RICO lawsuit in Miami federal court alleging criminal conspiracy by doctors, pelvic mesh maker Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. “Dead women matter. Keeton and the FDA Conspiracy Concerning Pelvic Mesh. Lana Keeton, Spirit of Justice Statue Dec 2014MND, August 3, 2015 ~ Lana Keeton seeks compensatory damages of $7 million and punitive damages of $21 million from J&J, the FDA, its lawyers and employees.
This story is continued from Part One. She’s a tough talking Texan given to accolades to the above, “This is God’s purpose for me. He perfectly prepared me for this,” who occasionally grows impatient with others (including your editor at times). Lana Keeton, 68 years old, is from Bonham, Texas an hour north of Dallas. The daughter of a cattle farmer who owned a meat packing plant, she helped her father make his own brand of chili. Edwards Pelvic Mesh Trial Delayed, Huskey Trial Verdict Will Stand, 200 J&J Cases Readied for Trial.
Federal courthouse, Charleston, WV There have been some new developments in Ethicon transvaginal mesh litigation. The first news is that the upcoming trial of Edwards v. Ethicon (2:12-cv-09972) will not commence August 24 but is rescheduled for January 11, 2016. Tonya Edwards, 43, a Georgia resident, was implanted with a TVT-O by Dr. Harold Wittcoff. Defense on Prosima's Low Complication Rate. Thanks to Courtroom View Network for access to Cavness v. Ethicon, underway in a Dallas courtroom. [This coverage is prepared by your editor, who has sat in the courtroom for five pelvic mesh trials (C.R. Bard, Ethicon) and has witnessed three additional trials (Boston Scientific , Ethicon) via CVN feeds. Coverage is based on collective knowledge of the issues. Catastrophically Injured Pudendal Nerve Damage from Pelvic Mesh: Is Your Attorney Seeking Adequate Compensation?
MND, September 9, 2015 ~ Does your lawyer have a life care plan to take care of your present and future medical costs from a pelvic mesh implant? The following is an article by Dr. Greg Vigna, JD and MD who can provide your lawyer with a realistic cost of your care for life to help you receive a settlement that more realistically matches your needs. This is sponsored content by Life Care Solutions Group, LLC . J&J Execs Have Some Explaining To Do About Pelvic Mesh Particles - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Ethicon mesh and blue particlesAccording to court documents filed this week, Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon division must have corporate designees ready to be deposed August 5 in Morristown, New Jersey.The subject – why its TVT (transvaginal tape), including the TVT-O mesh (transobturator tape) has had a problem with mesh particles and possible foreign matter found in the packaging material and why the company issued assurances of safety to doctors if the degrading products are used in patients.
The complaints began to come in from a hospital in Taiwan in July 2010. Doctors found boxes with tiny blue particles in the mesh product packaging and sent it back to the company’s New Jersey headquarters. *New* Judge Goodwin's June 2 Status Hearing - on Mesh, Medicare and Media - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Judge Joseph R. *New* Restorative Justice Proposal for Transvaginal Mesh Harmed Women - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. The Links Between Surgical Mesh Complications and the Development of Autoimmune Diseases - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk.
Nonie Wideman, Contributor Greetings from Nonie Wideman, a survivor of medical complications from Foreign Body Response (FBR) to synthetic medical mesh. I have spent over 15 years advocating for children and families, over twelve of them as a specialized care provider teaching coping and life skills. I had to put into practice myself what I taught after a disastrous experience with implant failure and rejection. I had to recognize the problem, set goals to address the problem, and evaluate the effectiveness of my plan to deal with the problem. MAM Rally Going to West Virginia for Pelvic Mesh Status Conference - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Charleston, West Virginia will be the setting for a gathering of both sides involved in pelvic mesh litigation for a June 2 status conference before Judge Joseph Goodwin, and of mesh-injured women from the region who have decided to converge in a show of solidarity to bring an end to the protracted litigation.
Here is the order and here is a MND story. *New** Jury Awards Plaintiff $100 Million in Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Trial - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. $100 million in damages. That is the amount a Delaware jury today awarded to mesh-injured woman Deborah Barba. The amount includes $25 million in compensatory and $75 million in punitive damages, established to send a message to the company. Prolift Discontinued in US Still Sold Overseas, Why? Prolift, Medtech Marketing by KATHY L. [Editors Note* Kathy L is not the real name of this author. FINAL-NC-Press-Release-5-4-15-1.pdf. Mesh Survivors UK- Contact Your GP, MP - Challenge the Information! - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Map of UK, WikiCommons. FAVORABLE JURY VERDICTS CONTINUE IN TRANSVAGINAL MESH (TVM) LITIGATION—IS AMS WATCHING? - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk.
Doctor Directory: Miklos & Moore Talk Transvaginal Mesh - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk. Connect to Community. WFAA - Texas AG and 10 Others Investigate Transvaginal Mesh! Pudendal and Other Nerve Damage - Posterior Femoral Cutaneous, Ileoinguinal and Obturator in the Transvaginal Mesh Patient. A Reporter's Guide to Covering the Transvaginal Mesh Controversy. 100-Thousand Mesh Defective Product Cases Now Filed as Mesh Makers Assure Shareholders.
Jury Reacts to Minimally Invasive Transvaginal Mesh Procedure. When the Sales Rep is in the Operating Room. FDA - What Are We Waiting For? - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk - Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk.