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Worker Disability, Illness An Increasingly Costly U.S. Problem

If ever there were a sound argument for strong occupational safety and health laws, better regulator funding to enforce those laws, and affordable health care for all Americans, it would be this: the simple fact that a full quarter of the U.S. population has a disability that diminishes their ability to work or deprives them of it altogether. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that one in four U.S. adults – about 61 million citizens – has a disability that impacts major life activities. Analyzing data pulled from the ... 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

Man says his stroke was caused by AndroGel testosterone treatment

Ed Downes’ stroke seemed to come out of nowhere. Ed, who was in his upper 40s at the time, was taking medication for hypertension and attention deficit disorder (ADD), but was otherwise healthy. When he began to lose interest in sex and his energy level plummeted, he, like hundreds of thousands of other men, followed the advice of a drug company’s television commercial and had a “conversation with his doctor” to see if he was suffering from low testosterone, or, as the advertisement called it, “Low T.” Ed was prescribed AndroGel, a testosterone replacement gel, which he took for two years. ... Read More

Metal hip manufacturer faces new lawsuits alleging defective design

At least five new lawsuits were filed against Stryker Corp., and its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp., claiming that the companies’ hip implant was defective, causing injuries and poisoning blood. The lawsuits involve the Accolade TMZF hip stem and LFIT anatomic V40 femoral head. Stryker already is facing more than 500 similar lawsuits over other artificial hip models, the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. According to the complaint, the titanium hip stem can corrode when it is used with the femoral heads, which are made from cobalt and chromium. When the metal corrodes inside the body, it can inflame tissue, ... 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

FDA wants to reclassify transvaginal mesh as high-risk medical device

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed reclassifying transvaginal mesh devices from moderate-risk to high-risk, requiring manufacturers to submit a premarket approval application for the agency to evaluate a device’s safety and efficacy before the device can be approved for marketing. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh holds up organs that have dropped due to the stress of childbirth, obesity or age, causing symptoms such as incontinence, pain during sexual intercourse, and general discomfort. ... 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

Transvaginal mesh side effects likely caused by defective design

Two women were told they could no longer have sexual intercourse with their partners after suffering complications related to their transvaginal mesh. “We’ve not got a sex life. It’s actually taken a toll on my marriage,” Linda, whose name was changed, told BBC. “I don’t even go to the doctor. I don’t even bother.” Both women were implanted with transvaginal mesh, a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, common conditions that affect women due to childbirth, age or weight gain. Both women say they were injured by the devices and live in ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit against makers of defective transvaginal mesh

“I get stabbed a thousand times a day,” Frances Shulte told The Gazette. The constant pain prevents the Coralville, Iowa, resident from comfortably moving around or going to the bathroom. She never dreamed that the surgery to correct a pelvic floor disorder would cause her chronic pain and disability. “People don’t understand that I’m in pain every day,” she said. Frances’ ordeal began in 2005, when she had surgery to correct her stress urinary incontinence. Doctors inserted a type of surgical mesh, also known as transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling, into her body to hold up organs that had ... Read More