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Florida Leads in Accidental Drowning Deaths

By Farah and Farah Content on July 18, 2017

Florida loses more young children to drowning than any other state.

This summer promises to be no different.  

So far five children from our area have died since the summer season.  

A toddler from Yulee, crawled through a dog door and drowned in the backyard pool. He was under the supervision of a 16-year-old babysitter who had four other children.  

A four-year-old boy died after being rescued from a pool in Keystone Heights.

A two-year-old drowned in a family pool in Jacksonville and during a July 4th party a 4-year-old girl died in a pool during a house party.  

A 12-year-old died in a Jacksonville apartment pool during a private party.  His drowning was captured on a surveillance camera.

It is a dubious distinction – Florida has the highest unintentional drowning rate among children under the age of 5.

Among children ages five to 14, auto accidents still claim more lives, but drowning is second.

Children who cannot swim represent the most casualties.   For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there is a 5.5 times greater rate a black child will drown compared to other children.

The age they are most vulnerable is 10.

According to the Washington Post as many as seven in 10 African American children, 60 percent of Hispanics, and 40 percent of Caucasian children cannot swim.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports since 2010 the number of fatal child drownings in swimming pools, among those younger than age five, has decreased 17 percent nationwide.  

So education campaigns are working. According to Pool Safety public education campaign:

*A four-sided fence needs to surround the pool and spa.  

*A Water Watcher should be designated. This person needs to stay off their smartphone and avoid distractions.  

*Children must be taught how to swim

*Learn CPR

*Avoid any drains or pipes that can lead to entrapment

*Make sure drain covers comply with safety standards. If you don’t know, ask the pool service provider.

*Black Kids Swim was founded in 2015 helps parents find a swim team for their child and links kids to role models who were champion swimmers.

*The YMCA has launched an ambitious program this summer to teach thousands of kids how to swim.  Safety Around Water offers eight 40-minute lessons to teach kids to float, swim, and jump. They can help you find a Y in your community.

*The USA Swimming Foundation will help you find a swim coach or team in your area to train your little ones to swim.   

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Mac and Cheese Dangers?

By Farah and Farah Content on July 18, 2017


Phthalates are industrial chemicals found in plastics, sealants, tubing, conveyor belts, labels, adhesives, toys, medications, medical devices and in macaroni and cheese.

According to newly released research involving 1,500 men conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia, the highest concentrations of phthalates were found in mac and cheese powder mixes, the kind of food most kids love to eat.

Phthalates tend to bind with fatty foods and mac and cheese certainly would qualify.

Why should we care? They have been associated with a slowdown in testosterone production, with birth defects in infant boys, and with learning and behavior problems.   

It’s assumed the chemicals migrate during food production and into the food. The New York Times reports they may pose a special risk to pregnant women and young children, at the age where mac and cheese is a top favored food.

Of the 30 cheese products tested, all had detected phthalate levels but the boxed mac and cheese mixes had four times the amount of phthalates.

Even the organic products had higher phthalate levels.  

The University of Adelaide Medical School researchers confirm it’s not known why phthalates are linked to disease but they seem to have an impact on the endocrine system which oversees the release of hormones.

Hormones regulate growth, metabolism and sexual development.

A diet of processed food and carbonated soft drinks with fewer fruits and vegetables is associated with the higher levels of phthalates ingestion.

In men, the everyday chemicals are linked to type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure.  There was no significant association with asthma and depression.

Inflammatory biomarkers increased with higher phthalate levels along with chronic disease. Chronic inflammation is a biomarker that indicates disease.

The research is published in the international journal, Environmental Research.  

It’s estimated about two million boxes of mac and cheese are sold in the U.S. every day.

Consumers have the ultimate power so let your favorite mac and cheese maker know your concerns.

A petition by the Environmental Defense Fund demands the Food and Drug Administration remove all phthalates from food processing, packaging, manufacturing equipment and food.   

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Farah & Farah Client Wins $500k Claim Against Big Insurer

By Farah & Farah on June 30, 2017

Insurance companies love to tell you they have your back and they are your good neighbor. But when it comes to paying out a claim, you see an entirely different side of the industry.

The dark side of how Big Insurance works was very evident in the recently concluded trial of Farah & Farah client, Keiondra Dennis.

Two days after Christmas in 2010, Ms. Dennis was driving a large SUV Chevy Tahoe, near the Jacksonville airport.

A semi tractor-trailer was stopped in a turn lane coming from the opposite direction. A young woman, Ashley Cottles, driving a Nissan, pulled into the intersection and hit the Tahoe’s right front side, which knocked Dennis head-on into the semi.

The impact from the two collisions caused Ms. Dennis to suffer whiplash and severe nerve damage to her neck, injuries she is still being treated for today.

Liability was not at issue in this four-day trial, which began June 5, in Duval County’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Jacksonville, (Case No. 16-2012-CA-4040), before Judge Kevin Blazs.

During the trial, the insurance company suggested Ms. Dennis was a liar and that her injuries were not that serious.  But Farah & Farah attorney, Kevin A. Brown, convinced the jurors that Ms. Dennis injuries were serious and permanent.

The jury verdict was delivered on Thursday, June 8 with six jurors awarding Keiondra Dennis $493,986.65 for past and future medical treatment.

Interestingly, the insurance company involved had an opportunity to offer a $27,500 settlement early on in the negotiations, before we knew just how serious Ms. Dennis was injured.

Fortunately for Ms. Dennis, they turned that down.

As for her future, Ms. Dennis’ doctor testified at trial that she injured the nerves in her facet joints, the joints in the spine and neck that make it flexible.

Nerve injuries don’t heal and nerve roots regenerate, so she must undergo burning of the nerve roots in three separate areas which interrupts the pain signal temporarily. Nerves regenerate in about six months and so does the pain.

She will have to undergo treatment for her lifetime.

Despite her injury, Farah & Farah attorney Brown says over the seven years he represented her, he came to admire Ms. Dennis and her determination to become a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police officer.

Her goal was completed in March when Ms. Dennis graduated from JSO training. She is currently in the last phase of field officer training before she is on the street by herself.

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Summertime Hazard – Parasitic Pool Water

By Farah & Farah on June 29, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning swimmers who dip into pools and water playgrounds this summer about outbreaks of a parasitic infection.

Cryptosporidium, also known as crypto, is a parasitic diarrhea-causing infection that can make people sick for up to three weeks.

It is spread through contact with the feces of an infected person and a pool is an ideal place to have that encounter. That’s because children with diarrhea who are infected may go into pools.

Parents are asked to warn their children not to swallow pool water and parents should not let children go in a pool if they have diarrhea.

Parents are also encouraged to take regular bathroom breaks with their young kids who may not take themselves.

Symptoms of crypto include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and watery diarrhea. If diarrhea lasts longer than three days, medical treatment should be sought.

Crypto can be fatal in third world countries where it causes dehydration and poor nutrition.

Contamination comes from animals infected and can plague wells, water treatment systems and the food we eat that are grown with contaminated water.  Raw milk and meat, apple cider, salads and raw vegetables have caused outbreaks of crypto.

The numbers of cases in the U.S. have tripled since 2014, reports the CDC. There were 32 reports linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds last year compared with half that two years earlier.

It is not recommended to up the level of chlorine in a pool because crypto is difficult to kill with chlorine and chlorine contains its own risk factors.

Toxic levels of chlorine gas forced 4,800 people to visit U.S. emergency rooms in 2012, reports the CDC. A closed environment can make the effects even stronger.

Burns that cause rashes, blisters and pain result from a toxic exposure of chlorine, and can affect the eyes, throat and lungs. Chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War 1.

Pool chemicals should be properly handled and stored. Do not assume that they are inert.

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The 2017 Hurricane Season is Here – What You Should Know

By Farah & Farah on June 29, 2017

Hurricane season in Florida has arrived. The season takes place between June 1 and November 30th for those states that border the Atlantic.

Florida and our neighboring Southeastern states are affected by hurricanes which are ranked according to Category one through five.
With Category One, sustained winds are 74 to 95 miles per hour; Category Two, 96 to110 mph; Category Three, 111 to 129 mph; Category Four, 130 to 156 mph; and Category Five, winds of 157 miles per hour and higher.
There are a few things you can do to be prepared. First, make sure your insurance policy has not lapsed.
Take pictures of the condition of your property before the hurricane. After the hurricane take another series of pictures of the same items and same places, preferably from the same angles. You will also want to have a written inventory of your valuables.

Even if you don’t require flood insurance, it may be a good idea to purchase especially when the debate ensues whether your damage came from wind or floods. Big insurance companies will try to avoid paying blaming some other cause of your damage. To bypass any questions about your coverage, you may want to obtain flood insurance.

In your own home you will want to have water, at least a gallon per person set aside for a couple of days.

Surging flood waters can carry disease, contamination and the risk of an electric shock from downed power lines or an active storm. Please stay inside if you have that option, and out of flood waters.
If you rely on a generator during or after a storm make sure they are properly vented so you do not become a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Even running a generator in a garage can cause poisoning which you may not realize. Often victims simply go to sleep and never wake up.

Hurricane Matthew last year killed over one-thousand people and still has residents in our area cleaning up and repairing from the damage.
The World Meteorological Organization names hurricanes and alternates between men and women’s names. Hurricanes used to be named only after females because they were considered unpredictable.

Men’s names were added in 1980.

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Rare Breast Cancer Found in Textured Breast Implants

By Farah & Farah on June 29, 2017

This is an emerging story about a possibly dangerous medical device that we find interesting.

Researchers are finding a rare malignancy of the breast associated with a particular type of breast implant. The disease is anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has noted 359 reports of possible breast implant-involved ALCL and nine deaths.

This rare T-cell cancer involves the cells of the immune system. It is characterized by an abnormal growth of the T-cells with a strong expression of protein, and cytokine receptor CD30.

The disease has been found specifically around the site of textured breast implants.
The FDA stops short of saying that type of breast implant causes cancer. It does say it’s establishing a registry in collaboration with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to study the issue.

Data collection could take 10 years.

The leading theory of causation is that the abrasive texture may cause inflammation that leads to this type of cancer on an average of eight years after implantation.

A textured implant looks cloudy when compared to a clear non-textured implant. The FDA says it doesn’t seem to matter whether the implant is filled with saline or silicone or whether the implant is for reconstruction or cosmetic reasons.

Surgeons choose a textured implant to reduce the rate of capsular contracture or a hardening around the implant. The texture is also thought to stabilize movement of the implant in the body.

If found in the early stages, ALCL is often curable and the first step is to remove the implant.

Another theory of causation is that bacterial biofilms may thrive around a textured implant that irritate the immune system with persistent inflammation.  Biofilms grow in high humidity and have been found surrounding other implants such as transvaginal mesh.

Allergan, which makes textured breast implants, is studying the inflammatory and immune response to their product as well as bacterial biofilms.
Symptoms of ALCL include a fluid buildup around the implant, lumps in the breast or armpit or swelling.  Draining the fluid and testing it for CD 30 will indicate lymphoma.

Worldwide there are about 10 million women with breast implants, the majority for cosmetic enhancement. Among those, 550,000 are placed per year in the U.S. Of these, approximately 70,000 textured breast implants are placed.

The FDA does not exactly issue a rousing endorsement of breast implants and their safety, though it says ALCL risk is low.
According to Australian regulators, the risk is one in 1,000 to one in 10,000 women with breast implants.

The “FDA believes that the totality of evidence continues to support a reasonable assurance that FDA-approved breast implants are safe and effective when used as labeled.”

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Farah & Farah – Our Community Service Matters

By Farah & Farah on January 28, 2017

Once in a while we like to do a little bragging about what we feel is our commitment to give back to NE Florida, our home for more than 30 years.

New Year’s Eve and the July 4th holiday we picked up the tab for more than 750 cab rides to make the city of Jacksonville safe from drivers who may have overindulged.   We don’t judge, we just help you get home safely. 

Farah & Farah has given away dozens of free bicycle helmets to make sure your kids have properly fitted and fastened head gear that meets the federal safety standards. 

We conducted two giveaways this year at the August 3, 2016 Downtown Art Walk and August 9th at Chick-Fil-A on Roosevelt Rd.  Learn more at: www.keepjaxsafe.org.

Farah & Farah was honored to provide Christmas gifts to three seniors who were our representatives before the Jacksonville Bar Association this year. They had signed up on the Santa Wish List and Farah & Farah provided and delivered gifts that were included on their individual wish lists.

www.Imastarfoundation.org

http://www.imastarfoundation.org/Student-Motivational-Training-Jacksonville-FL.html

I’m a Star Foundation is a local non-profit organization that serves as a leadership and mentoring boot camp for students grades 6 through 12. The students are enrolled in Duval County Public Schools and I’m a Star empowers them to graduate high school and realize their potential.

Betty Burney is the founder of the foundation and the local woman is a motivational speaker and education consultant who has been a community leader for nearly 30 years in Jacksonville. Farah & Farah is proud to support I’m a Star Foundation and has supported many local efforts by the generous Ms. Burney throughout the years. 

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) helps those in need of legal assistance but have no money for a lawyer. Elderly individuals who have been taken advantage of by the unscrupulous, help in family matters when there is no budget to hire an attorney, or for those who are losing their homes, or for the disabled, these are some areas that JALA helps. https://www.jaxlegalaid.org/

We support JALA because we believe everyone must have access to the legal system, not just those who have enough money to get through the courtroom doors.   

It’s a fundamental and an American right.

At Farah & Farah we take our community involvement very seriously.  We feel we are indebted to our community because it supports all of our employees in the office and allows us to support our families.

It’s our moral obligation for us to give back to the community.  That is truly the way we feel and we are honored to do so.

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Scammers and Gift Cards

By Farah & Farah on January 28, 2017

The holidays might have brought you many gifts you wanted, and some you didn’t.

For consumers who don’t want to buy the wrong gift, a prepaid card linked to your favorite retailer, say Target or Amazon, might be loaded with a limited amount of cash. The recipient is supposed to use it like a debit card.

Most Americans have given or received gift cards. But consumers beware – there are pitfalls to these cards.

First- if you lose the card, generally you are out of luck, depending on the terms of the contract.

Then there the problem of gift cards that sit unused. It’s called “spillage” and that is something the retailer counts on.  Spillage accounts for an estimated $1 billion in unused dollars every year, resulting in a gift to the retailer, reports Barron’s.

Watch for fees that may apply to a gift card sold by a financial institution. The card can have an activation or inactivity fee that degrades their value.

If you have an unwanted gift card you can trade it for one you do want. eBay’s CardCash app will allow a $100 Walmart gift card to be traded for a $93 eBay gift card.

Beware of the latest scam involving the iTunes gift cards.

An iTunes card purchased at CVS, might result in a call asking the recipient to put cash on the card to pay taxes or help someone in need. 

The scammer might say they have a CP2000 letter that requests a tax payment be made to the Internal Revenue System (IRS).   

CVS says never provide your PIN number to someone you don’t know. 

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has recently issued a warning to taxpayers about people who call you claiming to be from the IRS or Treasury Department and urging you to use that gift card to pay your tax bill. 

The warning says “The IRS WILL NOT contact you by phone with threats for non-payment of tax liability.”

The IRS will never require an iTunes or Amazon gift card or credit card for tax payment.  It’s a scam also seen on Green Dot Prepaid Cards, Money Pak Prepaid, Reloadit Prepaid, among others.

If you receive a call from the IRS allegedly to settle a tax bill, the government warning says just hang up. 

Dozens of consumers have been scammed this way, at one point to a tune of 150 reports a week. In October, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted dozens of alleged scammers based in the U.S. and five call centers in India. 

Prepare to be especially vigilant during the upcoming tax filing season.

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In the Market for a Used Car? Buyer Beware

By Farah & Farah on January 28, 2017

If you listen to the advertisements, a used car is practically like a new one, just cheaper.

Right.

We all know that can’t be true.

Some used cars are the subject of recall notices, but if you are on a used car lot, do not assume that a certified used car has had all of the recall items fixed.   

In December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates advertising, issued a decision that essentially allows big used-car chains and General Motors to lie to the public when it comes to used automobiles.

They can tell consumers the used car has been safety inspected and repaired, offering assurances that the consumer is buying a quality car, even if there are outstanding recall items that have not been fixed. 

The burden falls on the consumer to look up online using their VIN# to see if the vehicle is facing any safety recalls.  See the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database here.

The used car dealer chains affected are CarMax, Asbury Automotive Group and the West-Herr Automotive Group. 

The New York Times reports the dealers are only required to advise buyers that recall notices might be outstanding and how to find out if your car has a recall notice.  The dealers themselves do not have to make the repairs.

This might not be so problematic if we hadn’t heard about recent cases where automakers hid crucial safety information from car owners.

Can you say General Motors, in its failure to let consumers know about a deadly ignition switch?  How about Volkswagen and how it misled about pollution controls? Honda is on the list of automobile bad boys as well with its failure to let anyone know about safety problems for more than ten years.

Exploding airbags are responsible for 11 deaths, 180 injuries, and 42 million recalled affected vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Delia Robles of Riverside, California was on an errand when she got into a fender bender last September in her 2001 Honda Civic. It had recently been purchased by her son for $2,100 and had been sold three times before at auto auctions.

He didn’t know it had a defective airbag. The collision didn’t kill Ms. Robles, 50, but the metal parts that exploded from the Honda’s faulty airbag did. 

There were more than 20 notices sent out by Honda on that particular model warnings its driver-airbag could explode. It was never fixed.

Lobbyists for the used-car industry have been successful in weakening any effort in Congress to toughen laws for used cars, which amounted to 38 million auto sales in the U.S. last year.

The decision is a compromise that resulted from a settlement over General Motors advertising claims. It will be in effect for 20 years.

Interestingly, the move puts two federal agencies at odds – the F.T.C. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s automobile safety agency.

It has called for used-car dealers to fix outstanding recall items before selling a vehicle.

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Farah & Farah December 2016 Newsletter

By Farah & Farah on December 12, 2016

Toy Truck Explodes in Bed of Real Truck, Leads to Recall

It’s a toy that is supposed to bring thrills and joy to a child, not flames and injury.

The rideable Tonka Mighty Wheels Ride-On dump truck exploded in the back of a real pickup truck when a Washington State couple, Roxsane and Delmond Harden of Bellingham, brought the gift home to their grandson in November.

As a result, Toys “R” Us has pulled the 12-volt truck from its shelves, reports Consumerist. The truck’s lead acid battery produces hydrogen, which is highly flammable, however it’s unusual that it catches fire. 

The couple purchased the gift on Black Friday and was driving home when they noticed 20 foot flames igniting in the back of their truck. The inferno was caught on cell phone camera and broadcast on the Seattle television stations. The truck’s owner posted a video on YouTube to show the back of the truck completely charred and its bed interior melted. 

A fire truck and two troopers helped extinguish the blaze.

Toys “R” Us has apologized and refunded the cost of the truck.  The small toy truck, that is. No word yet on whether they will also step up and reimburse the couple for their real truck.

Manufacturer, Dynacraft will try and determine the cause of the fire but believes this is an isolated incident.

“The fact that their Tonka Truck is still featured in a video for the company shows it’s not taking the isolated incident too seriously,” said Eddie Farah of Farah & Farah.

Those company assurances are not enough to stop an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency that oversees the safety of consumer products. The Hardens will meet with representatives from the CPSC to recount their experience and to stress that this dangerous product should not be sold to families.

The Tonka Mighty Wheels truck no doubt will make the annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, put out by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).  For 31 years, the consumer group has identified unsafe toys that have led to more than 150 recalls. It also helps educate the public about the potential hazards in toys.

In all, 44 different toys made the list for 2016.     

Consumers can shop for toys by checking Toy Safety Tips here. The Trouble in Toyland 2016 report is here.    

It is illegal to resell any of these products so be sure that you don’t buy them at garage sales or second-hand stores or even online.  Many contain lead paint, or parts that can be ingested by small children presenting a choking hazard.  Many of the products are imported from China and elsewhere.  ###

How to Deter Porch Pirates

The Grinch may be visiting your home early this holiday season.

About 23 million Americans had their holiday packages stolen from their homes last year when they were delivered to the front door and no one was home. 

This holiday season has the potential to be a bonanza for porch pirates with online shoppers spending $5.27 billion between Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.   Cyber Monday brought another $3 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. All of these online sales are very good news for thieves.

What can you do?  Turn to technology to turn away the porch pirates.

Package Guard is a disc that is connected to your home Wi-Fi and sends you an alert when a delivery is placed on it. If that package is lifted from the motion detecting plate without you first disarming it, an extremely loud alarm will sound.   

Security cameras, such as Ring, provide a little peace of mind. Also check out Nest, Blink or Kuna. These are high definition home security cameras that stream and record video and send you an alert when someone approaches your door. Some even come with a two-way intercom system.  You might consider pointing one camera to the street so it can record a license place. 

Lockboxes are going high tech. The Landport looks like a locker and sits on your front porch. Pricy at $499, the steel box is bolted to the floor and relies on a unique code to open. Place the code in the “special instructions” or “Notification Preferences” box when you order online from Amazon.

iBin is another porch box, though more expensive.

Another option is to have the package delivered to a different location such as a UPS Store or a FedEx location. 

Amazon Locker resembles a post office box and a package delivered there must be picked up in three days.  Amazon Lockers are now found in a dozen major US cities, some in 7-11 stores, and can be opened 24 hours.

Slice is an app that tracks packages and sends you email alerts and works with UPS, USPS and FedEx. Parcel is another app that delivers tracking information for USPS, FedEx and OnTrac, so you know when you need to get home.

Also you can request a signature for delivery. 

Or simply arrange with a neighbor to bring in the package.  Don’t know one?  In true technology fashion, Nextdoor is a website that connects you to people on your street.

You might find a power washer that way or learn about any porch pirate activity in your neighborhood. And you might actually get to know a neighbor. ###

Transvaginal Mesh Deaths

Unless you have been injured by a medical device or drug, you may not know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a system that is supposed to monitor adverse events, as they are called.

For medical devices, the information can be entered into the MAUDE database (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience), but it does not invite the public with a user-friendly experience.

If an attorney or doctor knows about MAUDE, or MedWatch, another FDA reporting registry, he or she may report an adverse event on behalf of the client/ patient. 

But lately we’ve learned that the FDA allows device makers to withhold hundreds of reports of faulty medical devices, and instead allows the device maker to issue one retrospective summary.

The way medical devices are approved, unlike drugs, without premarket approval or any requirement for clinical trials, should undergo an entire overhaul, said the Institute of Medicine in a 2011 report, but it simply hasn’t happened.

Madris Tomes used to work at the FDA. Now she has established Device Events, an online news source where she calculates the numbers being entered into the FDA and reports them in a way everyone can understand.

For example, Essure permanent birth control device, has generated 303 reports of fetal deaths or injuries. The FDA now requires a black box warning label for Essure, the strongest warning concerning serious or life-threatening risks, but it remains on the market.

Transvaginal mesh also remains on the market, despite the numbers.

With more than 25,000 adverse event reports from law offices, 23,000 reports from doctors and over 1,000 from hospitals, Tomes found 1,299 deaths associated with the use of transvaginal mesh or slings. The reports also include mesh that is used for hernia repair. 

The FDA itself reported that between 2008 and 2011, there were seven deaths association with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair. More than 3,979 reports of injury death and malfunction associated with all gynecological surgical mesh products were reported from 2005 to 2010.

In 2011, the FDA Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Committee reported three of the deaths were due to the placement of the POP mesh, generally a larger piece of polypropylene (PP) used to shore up descending or dropping pelvic organs. 

Tomis says the death reports are likely low because deaths can be reported as injuries or a product malfunction.   It is also unclear how many deaths are related to the use of POP mesh or mesh to treat incontinence, a smaller piece of PP mesh.

There are more than 95,000 defective product lawsuits consolidated in one federal court in Charleston WV and thousands more in state courts and in countries around the world. No one is calculating how many of those women pass on as they wait for the protracted litigation to be resolved.

Without someone closely watching the post-approval use of a medical device, and an increase in post-market surveillance funding, you have more chance of receiving a consumer recall notice on a faulty car part than on your implantable medical device. 

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