For every woman who has filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, some vindication may be on its way.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new restrictions on the use of vaginal meshes for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. These more stringent safety regulations would move such use of transvaginal meshes from the moderate risk (class 2) to the high-risk category (class 3).
[Pensacola, FL] - Theresa Guy was driving with a friend and her 4 y/o son down Kingsfield Road in Pensacola as it intersects Hwy 97 on Saturday 10/17/09. Defendant Roads Inc. was installing a turn lane on the right side of the road. A few weeks before they had put down the initial layer of asphalt in the turn lane and had taken down the stop sign that governed the roadway as traveled by Ms. Guy. The sign was moved to a point 19’ off the side of the road. Someone complained a week later that you couldn’t see it.
You're a man who's been pretty conscientious about protecting and maintaining your own health. You eat right, exercise regularly – but you're not young anymore. Physical exertion takes more out of you, and you pay for it more afterward. You're not sleeping as well as you once did. Despite proper nutrition and exercise, you don't have as much energy these days, your muscles are getting a bit flabby and you're starting to develop a bit of a spread around the middle. Worst of all, your sex drive has dropped noticeably.
In addition to dealing with the link between testosterone and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and prostate cancer, the “T” pushers got even more bad news this week – but only about certain patients getting testosterone replacement therapy (“TRT”).
The Texas woman who identified herself only as “Barbara” hasn't had it has bad as some women. For many vaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiffs, there have been numerous revision surgeries, disabling pain and complete inability to engage in the sex act.
“Barbara” had her first vaginal mesh implanted in 1996 to treat urinary stress incontinence. She was informed that the procedure would help her deal with the problem for ten years before another surgery would be necessary. She experienced mild discomfort over that time, but says it was “nothing I couldn't live with.”
It's a hugely profitable business. Helping guys to “T it up” has been making a few people very, very rich as an aging male population looks for quick and easy ways to preserve their youth and virility – despite compelling evidence that taking such supplements unnecessarily can greatly increase the chances of stroke and heart attack.
There are arguably some men who can benefit from TRT, or “testosterone replacement therapy” - but their numbers are far smaller than the total number of men who have heeded Big Pharma's call to “T it up.” According to data from the American Medical Association, some 13 million men are using supplemental testosterone – and as many as a quarter of them have not undergone any medical testing beforehand.