New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban surgical mesh implants for all pelvic operations in response to safety concerns and reported mesh hazards. The order from the country’s Ministry of Health is intended to force mesh suppliers to stop marketing the mesh products or prove that they are safe to use. [Read more…]

Brain Scan Reveals CTE in Ex-NFL Player for the First Time

Brain Scan Reveals CTE in Ex-NFL Player for the First Time

It has taken four years, but doctors have been able to confirm that they can now use brain scans of the living to find evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Previous approaches to detecting the disease, which appears to affect a disproportionate number of professional football players, could only find evidence of the debilitating and lethal condition once a victim had died. [Read more…]

Judge Grants Final Approval to $741M Takata Airbag Settlement

Judge Grants Final Approval to $741m Takata Airbag Settlement

A Florida federal judge has granted final approval to an aggregate settlement of $741 million with Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda over claims relating to vehicles containing dangerous and defective Takata airbags, linked to more than 100 injuries and 17 deaths worldwide. [Read more…]

New Talc Injury Trials Focus on How Asbestos Can Contaminate Talc

Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Accused of Asbestos Contamination

The focus of some trials against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) over the link between the company’s talcum powder products and women’s terminal ovarian cancer has shifted to the connection between the talc itself and contamination from asbestos, a fiber that includes the mineral chrysotile and has been known for decades to lead to deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancer. [Read more…]

4,800 Women Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder Product Linked to Ovarian Cancer

4,800 Women Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder Product Linked to Ovarian Cancer

The New York Times reports that as of July 2017, 4,800 women are suing pharmaceutical and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over ovarian cancer injuries allegedly caused by long-term use of J&J’s talc baby powder products. According to the paper, unlike many large-scale injury cases, “the plaintiffs [in talc] are not working as a team. They are taking the company to court one at a time.” [Read more…]

FDA Optimistic New Disposable Caps on Medical Scopes Will Help Fight Superbug Infections

FDA Optimistic New Disposable Caps on Medical Scopes Will Help Fight Superbug Infections

With nearly 700,000 endoscopic procedures done every year in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is eager for remedies to prevent “superbug” infection outbreaks that have plagued patients and hospitals alike. A change to duodenoscope design by Japanese device maker Pentax that involves the use of disposable device caps has federal officials optimistic about potential reductions in infections that will protect patient health.

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Pennsylvania Jury Hits Johnson & Johnson with $57.1 Million Damages Verdict in Pelvic Mesh Implant Injury Trial

Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Injury Lawsuits

A jury in Philadelphia has awarded over $57 million in damages to a woman who alleged that surgical mesh manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was responsible for serious mesh-related injuries that left her internally scarred and incontinent. The award, the largest so far in several recent mesh injury trials in the state, includes $50 million in punitive damages for negligence and defective design by J&J and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. [Read more…]

Concussion Expert Says Youth Football is the “Definition of Child Abuse”

Concussion Expert Says Youth Football is the “Definition of Child Abuse”

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that 110 of the 111 National Football League (NFL) players whose medical records were analyzed suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) due to repetitive head trauma. Forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose work uncovered the core connection between playing tackle football and near-inevitable serious brain injury and whose life was dramatized in the 2015 Will Smith movie “Concussion,” states that this newest study confirms how harmful playing the aggressive sport can be. He goes as far as to say that letting the young play football is the “definition of child abuse.” [Read more…]

Expert in 1st CA Talc Cancer Trial Says Talc is Toxic, Causes Cancer

Talcum powder, baby powder

In the first California jury trial on claims that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products can cause ovarian cancer, plaintiff’s expert toxicologist and pharmacologist Laura Plunkett testified that talc is toxic and causes cancer. Based on her experience and training as well as review of relevant scientific literature, Plunkett determined that “talc is toxic, and when used on a woman’s genital area, can cause ovarian cancer….” As noted by Law360 (subscription), Plunkett cited studies indicating regular small-dose application of talc was “key” to seeing the potentially lethal effects. [Read more…]