Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Medical device regulations criticized

A story in Canadian news magazine MacLean’s deals with the haphazard nature of medical device regulation, characterizing the problem as a “scandal in the making.”

According to the article, flawed oversight of medical devices – essentially any medical product that doesn’t work through a chemical process – is an international problem that exists in the United States and Europe, as well as Canada.

The article specifically mentions two medical devices that serve as ...

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Endo to pay $54.5 million in mesh lawsuit settlement

A unit of Endo Health Solutions, one of the four companies facing 29,000 lawsuits over vaginal mesh implants, has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of those cases.

According to Bloomberg, the vaginal mesh cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia.

The mesh implants are supposed to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse – a condition in which weakened muscles are no longer ...

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Study finds hazards for mesh implants

A study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, measured the success of a surgery called abdominal sacrocolpopexy, which is the standard treatment for a condition called pelvic organ prolapse.

The study analyzed the results of 200 women who underwent the surgery, according to the Wall Street Journal. Many of them reported short-term relief from symptoms and didn’t need repeat surgery.

But about 25 percent experienced a recurrence of some ...

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Vaginal mesh recipients protest outside hospital

A story in the Star Phoenix describes a protest outside a Canadian hospital by women warning others about a medical device called the vaginal mesh implant.

The implant is supposed to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, a condition characterized by weakened muscles being unable to provide adequate support for the pelvic organs.

But the protest included women who have suffered serious complications from the mesh, which caused ...

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Physical therapy a treatment for urinary incontinence

Treatments for urinary incontinence vary, depending on the underlying cause and the severity. But in some cases, the key to eliminating the condition may be as simple and noninvasive as physical therapy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And while there are pros and cons to different types of treatment, one in particular has proven to be dangerous for many patients.

Transvaginal mesh implants, marketed as a treatment for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ ...

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Australian lawmakers taking action on medical devices

Australian lawmakers are considering legislation to help protect consumers from faulty medical devices, including all-metal hip implants.

Newspaper The Australian reports that there is currently no requirement in Australia that sponsors of medical devices, which are companies that don’t produce the devices but supply them for sale, have insurance in case of problems with a device. The story says at least one senator intends to introduce legislation that would all sponsors or ...

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