History Repeats


You may wonder what a chair is doing on this blog so I will tell you. A few days ago my daughter was working on my computer, updating and backing everything up. She always says about the pillow on my chair but she knows why I sit on one. Since my surgeries began six years ago, sitting is never comfortable and pillows have been my best friend. I piled them up on my bed to lean on after each surgery and I piled them on top of me when I used my laptop to write. I have slept with one between my legs all these years because it relieves pressure. I have foam on my couch and more pillows so I can be more comfortable and rest while leaning back. After surgery, I piled them on top of me so my little dog could be close to me. Pillows allowed me to exist.

I had a lovely surprise yesterday when my daughter said she had to pick something up from the store that she ordered for me for Easter. But she had to put it together before I could see it. It turned out to be this chair. I now no longer need a pillow to sit on and I can write in a little more comfort. She knows had she asked me about it I would have ‘made do’. But she sold things and shopped around to get the best deal possible to give me a little more comfort in my life. I am very blessed to have a daughter like her. But now it is time to write this blog.

History has proven things always change but it often repeats itself with many different twists and turns.

Right now lawyers all over this country are working on ways to change things, but rarely for the benefit of the women who are or will be injured in the future. The mesh manufacturers will pay out billions to protect their products and they I am sure already have lobbyists working on politicians to swing the vote their way. They are not worried where the money comes from, they simply add it to the price of a mesh bladder sling kit.

Tort lawyers on both sides will be working on the newest addendum to try to protect the interests of their clients. Even the low life lawyers are hard at work figuring how to gain new clients to gather up and sell to the tort lawyers ready for the next batch of filed law suits. This batch I am sure it closed, so they are gathering up new clients to get their piece of the pie. I see the ads continuously flow through my Facebook feed and at times I share it on my Mesh Angels page to try to warn women to leave these people alone and find a lawyer they can actually interact with and learn the status of their case. I have often sent these people a note and asked who they are, but they never answer. This is another method of ambulance chasing and don’t fall for it.

Then there are the bottom feeders who set up women like Jane Akre and Aarron Horton to get their clients. I am sure they hate someone like me and they too will be trying to figure out another way to gain more clients because they too have learned someone like me will tip up the apple cart and make a giant mess. But while I have breath in my body, I will keep doing it and so far I am surviving.

Then the manufacturers will hire people to work on changing the mesh image and find another way of making these products go under the radar. All on the future of women who don’t know any better and will succumb to words like tape or silk. It’s all the same thing but they get smarter and wiser to outwit women and screw them up.

I know things have to change because of the swell of mesh injury lawsuits that are going on right now. I know that manufacturers will lobby until no woman would be given any compensation in the future for her pelvic injuries due to mesh implants. But I did wonder how they would pull it off. However an archive article spells out what they did in the past because of the swell of litigation over breast implants.

The mesh injury lawsuit fall out has cost the manufacturers millions and this batch of lawsuits have been compared to the fall-out from asbestos, but in fact much worse? The drug giants are used to making billions and getting away with murder by products they produce. No one stands up to them because they have billions of dollars and together they rule the empire.

They don’t like their empire crashing. They don’t like that injured women are costing them money, even though it is a pittance from all they rake in. So they have to find a way to stop these lawsuits. How can they do it? They won’t mention mesh products. They will start moaning and complaining about how they can’t get lifesaving ingredients to make things like heart valves. I am going to share some of the content of an article written by the New York Times in 1994. You can bet your boots they are now gearing up to do something to stop anyone filing against mesh implants in the future. Here is part of that article.

Headline. IMPLANT INDUSTRY IS FACING CUTBACK BY TOP SUPPLIERS, By BARNABY J. FEDER Published: April 25, 1994

Big chemical companies and other manufacturers of materials used to make heart valves, artificial blood vessels and other implants have been quietly warning medical equipment companies that they intend to cut off deliveries because of fears of lawsuits.

While the suppliers’ new policies have not yet forced important products from the market, medical equipment makers that are scrambling to protect themselves from the impending cutoffs say they are having trouble lining up alternate suppliers. Industry executives and doctors say that the trend could eventually make some life-saving implants hard to come by and have a devastating effect on development of new devices.

They knew something was going to happen back then but they kept going. This was going on because of silicone in breast implants and lawsuits were arising from those products.

The materials manufacturers, including giants like E. I. du Pont de Nemours and the Dow Chemical Company, are dropping the medical business in response to the high risk of being dragged into lawsuits filed against implant makers by consumers who say they have been injured by defective products. Suppliers have already been named in hundreds of suits involving jaw implants, silicone breast implants and other devices.

Equipment makers say that the litigation that has prompted the suppliers to withdraw has also made it harder to obtain the materials indirectly through distributors or other middlemen. In addition, some equipment companies say electronics companies and other important subcontractors that assemble high-tech components for the most sophisticated implants are increasingly reluctant to take on such business.

Now think about it. That industry continued and so did adding more products WITHOUT proper testing before they were placed in the human body.

Fear mongering is the best way to do this. Throw out all the, ‘what if’s’ and ‘there’s no other way to fix women, so we have to use it to help them’ to scare congress into agreeing with any decision to stop continuing lawsuits. The big guys have got the bucks to pull this off and they will pass the cost on to consumers in the future. Now here’s more.

“You can see a monster scenario where this gets totally out of hand,” said Curtis Holmes, vice president for technology at Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. of Clarence, N.Y., a supplier of lithium batteries for heart pacemakers. Wilson is scrambling for a replacement for the pinch of Du Pont Teflon it uses in each battery. Replacing the Teflon could ultimately cost up to $300,000 in testing and regulatory hearings and take researchers away from developing products. But that is not what really worries Mr. Holmes.

“What if the lithium companies decide they don’t want to sell to us?” he asked. “Or the iodine, stainless steel or titanium producers?” Remember what I said about what if’s.

What if? What if. What if. So ‘what if’ they manage to put off getting rid of ALL lawsuits from medical implants. They will be allowed to get away with murder without any accountability.

Despite behind-the-scenes lobbying, equipment makers and medical groups have so far raised little concern in Washington about the trend. Consumer groups say the chemical companies’ moves are simply part of a broader campaign by industry to pressure Congress to limit the redress available in courts for those injured by defective products. But one leading supporter of legislation to overhaul product-liability rules has been convinced that the implant makers’ plight is a special case.

“This is a public health time bomb,” said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, who hopes to hold hearings on the subject next month. Senator Lieberman said that although the proposed changes in product liability laws would reduce materials suppliers’ exposure to lawsuits, the problem might have to be dealt with through specific language in the health care overhaul legislation being written on Capitol Hill.

The medical equipment makers fear that partial protection from litigation will not be enough to bring back the big chemical and plastics suppliers because they have so little to gain from the medical business. Medical devices typically use small quantities of raw materials, compared with other applications.

Remember the blog I wrote about Medtronic’s buying out Covidien? What will they do? Read this.

Pelletrane, a polyurethane that Dow Chemical began pulling from the medical market in 1990, is used in products like automobile hoses and athletic shoes. The medical market is so small that Dow said it did not realize that companies like Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest pacemaker manufacturer, used Pelletrane as a coating until three years after Dow acquired the business from the Upjohn Company in 1985.

Every time a company takes over another company, fall out happens. Companies get larger with more bucks to spend, by buying out other companies and this fall out will go against women. If you miss that blog, now read it here

Were there warnings about these products not being tested properly? Of course there were.

In the past, companies like Du Pont have made products like Dacron polyester, Delrin polyacetal resin and Teflon polytetrafluoroethylene fiber and resins available to medical companies accompanied by warnings that they had not been tested in any way to establish their suitability for medical applications.

“Everything is manufactured for industrial and consumer purposes,” said Katherine Knox, the manager overseeing Du Pont’s transition toward cutting off all such sales. “But for 30 years we had a policy that we wouldn’t withhold materials from the medical sector because we didn’t want to inhibit development.”

Inhibit development? Let’s not inhibit development. Instead let’s kill off a few human beings that do not count because it doesn’t matter about collateral damage! Let’s maim thousands of women who trust the medical system.

“We’ve approached more than 15 polyester makers in the United States and Europe, but the best response we’ve had so far has been a few people willing to give us samples to test with no commitment to supply,” said Dennis Genito, vice president of product surveillance at Medox Medicals Inc., an Oakland, N.J., manufacturer of artificial blood vessels and other vascular grafts made of Du Pont’s Dacron. “We are hoping to find an alternate and get it through the regulatory process in time, but I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic.”

Nothing stops them so don’t worry. They resort to smuggling in counterfeit products. If you missed that, read this blog

Consumer advocates like Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the medical affairs spokesman for the Public Citizen Health Research Group, a Washington-based lobbying group, say the litigation is an inevitable result of misguided Federal laws and policies that have allowed most medical implants to reach the public without extensive testing and specific approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The basic law governing medical devices, passed in 1976, allowed equipment makers to market products and introduce new ones without lengthy Government reviews by submitting evidence that they were “substantially similar” to products already sold.

Dr. Wolfe said it made sense to have suppliers joined with the equipment makers in protecting consumers from what he sees as deficiencies in the 1976 act.

“If you sell something, you are in the chain of responsibility,” Dr. Wolfe said. Eventually, he said, the lawsuits will lead to the use of better materials in medical equipment.

Suppliers and equipment makers disagree, saying such a policy puts an unworkable burden on suppliers to be deeply involved in the details of customers’ products and operations.

Suppliers don’t agree? No of course they don’t. They just want to SELL. They don’t want to be part of lawsuits. They just want to sell anything and never be responsible for what is done with it.

“How many questions can a supplier ask without getting into trade secrets?” said John Dames, a lawyer in Chicago with Kelley, Drye & Warren, whose clients include Union Carbide in the silicone breast-implant litigation. “Not many.” Small Purchases

Bullshit! Trade secrets? This is about what goes into human bodies. There are no secrets when it comes to use in the human body!

Some suppliers are willing to continue dealing with large customers that agree to pay for any litigation costs that might come up. Dow Corning, for example, still supplies silicone rubber for customers like Baxter International, the world’s largest hospital supply company. But it now makes Baxter responsible for drawing up specifications for the silicone rubber. Most equipment makers are too small to produce a reliable indemnification agreement. They also lack the research expertise to develop materials’ specifications efficiently without their suppliers’ help.

So large corporations agreed to make sure they were left out of the chain when it comes to lawsuits. So how did they cover these lawsuits? They made even more products and that is where mesh implants came in. They discovered how kits were the way to go. They could produce a kit for pennies and sell it for at least a couple of thousand to hospitals and they would mark it up to unsuspecting patients like me and YOU. Women will continue to pay money to these people and never be properly compensated.

So now you know why I have taken an archived article and brought it up to date.

So what is going on right now? You can bet your boots that behind the scenes, these giant companies are paying lobbyists to stop future lawsuits against pelvic mesh implants. The hospitals already geared up to draw in older American women to fool them into submission to becoming the next victims of mesh implants. You can read that blog here

There was no photo in this article, perhaps because it is archived, but there was this statement.

Photos: The threat of lawsuits is causing companies that supply materials for medical implants to cut off deliveries to manufacturers. At Medtronic Inc. in Minnesota, a worker assembled a pacemaker using a polyurethane coating that the maker, Dow Chemical, had already withdrawn elsewhere. Pelletrane, a polyurethane that Dow Chemical began pulling from the market in 1990, is used for the plastic top of the pacemaker. (Photographs by Steve Woit for The New York Times)(pg. D3) Graph: “Using Implants” shows medical procedures in a 12-month period that required biomaterials. (Source: Health Industry Manufacturers Association)(pg. D3)

So what do you think? Isn’t it time that women began saying “No to mesh!” If you don’t speak out then hundreds of thousands of women, probably your granddaughters will be injured by these implants and they will NOT be given ANY compensation at all. It is time to speak out to change this.

You can read the entire article here