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CDC recommends doctors consider alternatives to opioids for chronic pain

The number of people dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers has skyrocketed in recent years, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue new guidelines that urge doctors to consider alternatives to opioids when treating adults with chronic pain. Deaths from opioids, which include OxyContin and Vicodin, have more than quadrupled since 1999. More than 40 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses. “We must act now,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, who put the burden on prescribing physicians. “Overprescribing opioids – largely for chronic pain – is a key driver of America’s drug-overdose epidemic.” ... Read More

Another transvaginal mesh trial is underway in West Virginia

Another trial is underway in Charleston, W.Va., alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh products caused serious injuries. The federal lawsuit was filed by Jo Huskey and her husband Allen against Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Transvaginal mesh, also referred to as vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have prolapsed out of place, putting pressure in the pelvic cavity and causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort and incontinence. The mesh has ... Read More

Judge denies Ethicon’s request for new transvaginal mesh trial

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has been denied a new trial that would have struck an $11.1 million verdict in the first bellwether trial over allegedly defective transvaginal mesh. “There was strong evidence presented and multiple sources of evidence that in fact there were many problems with this product,” Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee said in court. Despite the ruling, Ethicon spokesman Matthew Johnson said the company isn’t giving up. “We will be filing an appeal in this case as we believe the jury’s verdict and damage awards were not supported by the evidence presented at trial,” he ... Read More

Physicians groups recommend six-step evaluation before women undergo bladder sling surgery

Physicians do not need to perform preoperative urodynamic testing, or bladder test functioning, on patients with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence (SUI) before having surgery to implant a bladder sling to treat symptoms because doing so does not improve surgical outcomes, according to first-time guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society. Instead, the two medical groups recommend that physicians perform a basic six-step evaluation on women with uncomplicated SUI. This is the first time guidelines have been established to provide consistency in the evaluation of uncomplicated SUI, setting standards for physicians before they operate ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

Maine woman sues makers of transvaginal mesh

Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or ... Read More

Female incontinence treatment linked to serious complications

More than 20 million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, but devices intended to remedy the problem are at the center of thousands of lawsuits by women who claim the treatments ruined their lives. Jennifer Ramirez says her incontinence wasn’t a serious problem for her. She opted to have transvaginal mesh implanted to keep the problem from getting worse following a hysterectomy. Now, she lives in constant pain. Just talking about it brings her to tears. “Now my life has to revolve around having a restroom right there because when you have to go, you have to ... Read More

Woman awarded $1.2 million in transvaginal mesh injury lawsuit

A woman was awarded $1.2 million after a Texas jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for design defects in one of its transvaginal mesh devices that caused the plaintiff to suffer pelvic injuries. Linda Batiste, 64, claimed she suffered complications when her TVT-O bladder sling eroded inside her body. It was the first verdict against Johnson & Johnson involving its TVT-O device. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have prolapsed, or dropped, ... Read More

Massachusetts governor bans controversial Zohydro painkiller

The controversial new opioid painkiller Zohydro cannot be prescribed or dispensed in the state of Massachusetts until measures are put in place to protect against abuse, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced. The action comes the same month as the new drug hit the market amid a firestorm of protests from medical professionals, anti-drug abuse group representatives, and several attorneys general. Patrick called the launch of the potent new Zyhydro in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic in Massachusetts – and the United States as a whole – a public health emergency, adding that the number of unintentional opioid ... Read More

European authorities call for review of transvaginal mesh safety

European drug and medical device regulators have asked a scientific committee to review the safety of transvaginal mesh devices and whether the risks outweigh the benefits. The European Commission charged its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to conduct the analysis on the surgical mesh products used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The request is based on mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices, which range in severity and include complications such as rejection, tissue erosion, mesh exposure and shrinkage resulting in symptoms such as chronic ... Read More