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Advocacy group calls for criminal investigation into destruction of documents in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

A consumer advocacy group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice  (DOJ) to investigate whether Johnson & Johnson purposely destroyed documents relevant to multidistrict litigation involving its transvaginal mesh device. Consumer Action Network, a nonprofit organization advocating for consumer and workers’ rights, pushed for the criminal investigation after a West Virginia judge last month found that Johnson & Johnson’s destruction or loss of documents was negligent but not deliberate. The nonprofit argues that the judge was only able to consider a portion of the evidence before making her decision. An attorney general would have a wider scope and the ability ... 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

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer should be punished for mishandling documents related to lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon mishandled documents related to its transvaginal mesh devices and should be barred from seeking to throw out lawsuits or using some defense tactics, say attorneys for women who filed lawsuits against the companies. Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon makes the Gynecare Prolift implant, a transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices are inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped for various reasons, usually from childbirth, obesity or age. The devices have been associated with serious complications including ... Read More

Unsuccessful bladder sling surgeries often leave women in worse shape

Women who undergo operations to ease complications from unsuccessful bladder sling surgery are often in worse condition than before their original surgery, says urologist Jerry Blaivas with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Bladder sling surgery involves the use of surgical mesh to shore up organs, such as the bladder, that have dropped, or prolapsed, as is the case with common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is designed to treat symptoms such as urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, and discomfort. In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Some urinary incontinence treatments are safer than others

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem that affects an estimated 15 million women in the United States. It is the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs during periods of stress, such as sneezing, laughter, or heavy lifting. SUI is caused by a number of factors including urinary tract infection, obesity, smoking, diabetes, excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine, and sports such as running or tennis. It can be embarrassing, but treatment is available. Women who are considering a procedure to treat their SUI should seriously consider their options, as some procedures have been found to be safer than ... Read More

Study shows transvaginal mesh removal often requires multiple surgeries

Nearly a quarter of women who have experienced problems with surgical mesh to repair pelvic floor disorders have had to undergo multiple procedures to have the mesh removed in order to alleviate serious pain and other complications caused by the mesh, according to a study conducted by UCLA urologists. The study included data from 236 women who underwent 319 mesh removal procedures during a six-year period from July 2005 to July 2011. Nearly 60 percent of the women had the mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and 86 percent had sling mesh, or a bladder sling, to treat urinary ... Read More

Canadian woman files bladder sling lawsuit

Jane Dowdall had no idea she would end up in so much pain following surgery to fix her urinary incontinence. “The pain is like a migraine headache… from knees to naval,” she told CTV. “Sometimes it’s a burning, sometimes it is a sharp pain.” Jane underwent a TVT-O, or Tension Free Vaginal Tape – Obturator, procedure. The method of securing the mesh to the body is through the Obturator Foramen, a hole created by the ischium and pubis bones of the pelvis through with nerves and muscles pass. It is a type of transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder ... Read More

Website documents family’s ‘personal nightmare’ with transvaginal mesh

“Our journey with TVT (transvaginal mesh) has been a hard, long, personal nightmare that we learned we are not alone in,” writes Dave Sawyer, husband of Teresa, on their website, “All Meshed Up.” Teresa was implanted with transvaginal mesh in February 2011 to treat her stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Since then, Teresa has endured 25 infections and five additional surgeries after the mesh eroded into her cervix. “We have had the honor to meet other women that are mesh survivors and, sadly, learned of 18 women that fell lethally victim to the mesh,” Dave writes. A mission statement is forefront ... Read More

Consumers Union pressures Congress to strengthen medical device approval laws

Consumers Union, an advocacy group associated with Consumer Reports, is recommending that Congress strengthen laws to approve medical devices to better ensure public safety. The call-to-action is part of a push by Consumers Union to pressure Congress about weak federal oversight that has led to the approval of medical devices before they had been tested for safety and efficacy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for medical devices came under fire after DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a worldwide recall of an all-metal artificial hip. The devices were failing at a higher than expected ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh maker develops test to gauge device’s effectiveness

A questionnaire for patients who have received surgical mesh to repair a pelvic floor disorder known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) has been shown to be a valid measurement tool for determining improvement in sexual function, according to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study hopes to shed positive light on a device being reviewed because of safety concerns by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). POP is a common condition that occurs when the pelvic organs drop, or prolapse, due to childbirth, age or obesity. The condition can cause urinary incontinence, discomfort and pain during sexual ... Read More