Messy Mesh Blog

The Guardian

current edition: US edition 

Vaginal mesh implants

Johnson & Johnson withdraws pelvic mesh device from Australian market

Regulator says the mid-urethral vaginal sling, subject of a class action, is no longer being imported

 

@MelissaLDavey

 

Mon 22 Jan 2018 23.14 EST

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn from the Australian market its supply of the vaginal mesh device that is the subject of a class action before the federal court.

On Tuesday a spokeswoman for Australia’s medical devices regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, confirmed to Guardian Australia that the mid-urethral vaginal sling devices, used to treat stress urinary incontinence in women, were no longer being imported.

The devices are produced by the Johnson & Johnson company Ethicon and no longer appear on the Australian Therapeutic Goods Register, which is a list of products that can be lawfully supplied in Australia.

The TGA asked all manufacturers of transvaginal sling and mesh devices to update the “instructions for use” on the transvaginal mesh and tape products before 17 January to include information about possible adverse events such as severe chronic pain, groin pain, and bladder perforation.

According to the TGA, Johnson & Johnson did not meet this deadline and withdrew the supply of their mid-urethral sling devices to enable them to consider their options.

Robson said he did not have “exact figures”, but the Johnson & Johnson devices were probably the most widely used by surgeons to treat incontinence.

The Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon implant became the subject of a class action run by Shine Lawyers in 2017, with 700 Australian women alleging that faulty pelvic mesh implants caused them debilitating pain.

Similar class actions involving thousands of women are also underway in the UK and US. More than 100,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the US, the largest number against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the most commonly used meshes. Shine Lawyers alleges Johnson & Johnson failed to properly test the devices and played down their risk to both surgeons and patients.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1612165f4cbd747d

I continue to get UTIs that nothing is getting rid of long-term, even PICC lines.  Last time I was in at the urologist, he did a Cystoscopy to see if he could find the cause of the bladder spasms. While we didn’t see anything that would contribute to that, he did show me where he suspected the anchor was for the mesh, some scar tissue and where some mesh might be embedded.

At this point, I am not taking any meds, since they are not working.  I am busy with Chicks Connect, CASA and Parent Surrogate.

I take naps when I need too.  My night time meds get me asleep (in about 2 hours), but don’t keep me asleep.

I still have the bladder spasms, but it doesn’t seem as often.

I am lucky to be retired.

Check it out

 

http://www.abc15.com/news/state/uti-antibiotic-caused-painful-side-effects-for-valley-woman

 

I have a suprapubic catheter that drains into a bag. I have the catheter changed every 3-4 weeks. I have a “clean” urine sample taken to be analyzed for infections. Since a catheter is a foreign body and causes an inflammation, my body is always fighting. I have chronic UTI’s and my saving grace (if you want to call it that) is the 1996 spinal cord tumor provided residual damage to the bladder and I do not feel the pain most women do.

The drawback is the fatigue, sometime backache and /or fever can go on for days before I figure out it’s not the flu, cold, sinus infection, etc.

So

My mesh journey began December 2009 and continues today.  I hate the decision that I made to have an elective surgery that would alter my life forever.  The multiple doctors, office visits, procedures, surgeries, medications, infections, depression – I could go on and on.  What questions do I ask?  What questions should I have asked?  What else is going to happen?  How do I make this decision?  When do I realize I have no control over anything?  WHEN DO I ACCEPT THE NEW ME?

My purpose:  to help at least one person understand the maze and know more than I did.

From 

Women’s POP/SUI TVMesh Complications Support.

 

https://www.sundaypost.com/…/mesh-scandal-findings-have-no…/ 

All eyes on Scotland this week. The eyes of the world are certainly on you Scotland and we can only hope the truth will prevail because we know firsthand the truth. Integrity must prevail. Thank you, Scotland and the Scottish mesh survivors.

 

In this article published on March 26, 2017,

FORMER Health Secretary Alex Neil last night condemned the “horrific ordeal” suffered by victims of what is potentially Scotland’s biggest ever medical negligence scandal.

 

For the first time, Mr. Neil admitted that he had faced significant opposition from within the medical community when he suspended the surgery for bladder and prolapse conditions.

 

 

 

Australia was first to take the leap.  See in Mesh Tips and Insights

16 Feb 2017

THE Senate will hold an inquiry into how gynecological mesh devices that have left some women with catastrophic injuries were approved for sale in Australia.

You are in pain.  You can’t sleep.  You can’t get comfortable.  Life is pretty miserable.  Brain research is saying positive thoughts, meditation is healthy for you.  Think of what you do have – anything.  It is important to your mental health.

 

 

 

Feel like this most of the time, if not all the time.  If you have a good support system, great.  It’s not uncommon to see it dwindling.  People don’t understand.  they think you’re selfish.  It can be unbelievably overwhelming at times.  Help!

Just too tired!