The FDA issued a generic alert to doctors warning of complications in surgical mesh devices designed to treat stress urinary incontinence but the product was not specifically named.  Johnson and Johnson back in December just purchased Mentor, who is also known for their other products such as imagebreast enhancement implants.  BD 

The manufacturer of a medical device used to treat a form of urinary incontinence in women is heralding a recent court verdict as dozens of lawsuits alleging problems tied to the product have been consolidated and head to their first pretrial hearing this month.

In the past year and a half, 32 lawsuits have been filed against Mentor Corp., a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based cosmetic surgery device manufacturer that, in 2003, launched the ObTape, a sling that is surgically implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence, which often is brought on by coughing, sneezing or exercise, and is common in women after childbirth. The product was removed from the market in 2006. - Suits Pile Up Over Controversial Medical Device for Women


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