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Petition to Kevin Brady, U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Enzi, Bernie Sanders


I am one of about 800,000 people in the U.S. who suffer from  multiple sclerosis, a disabling progressive disease which affects the central nervous system.  Other rare diseases include ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), muscular dystrophy, lupus and sarcoidosis.  I lost my career to MS, as I have become totally disabled.   There is no cure for MS, but the disease can be managed.  There are currently 13 or so FDA-recognized disease modifying therapy medications, and even less for relapses. Treatment for these diseases is very costly. My daily  disease modifying therapy medication costs over $6,500 per month, and the relapse medication costs $40,000 per treatment.  This far exceeds my and my husband's total income, as my husband is totally disabled from a stroke.  Obviously, very few people can afford these medications, especially when they are fully disabled. There is help available; the drug companies which make these specialty drugs have financial assistance programs that allow the patient to receive the drugs at low cost or for free. HOWEVER, PEOPLE WHO ARE ON GOVERNMENT-ASSISTEED PRESCRIPTION PLANS SUCH AS MEDICARE PART D OR MEDICAID CANNOT RECEIVE THIS HELP.  A provision of the Social Security Act designed to prevent Medicare fraud also makes it a felony for a drug company to directly assist a patient financially if that patient has a government-assisted prescription plan, such as Medicare Part D or Medicaid. YOU CAN HELP!  PLEASE LET CONGRESS KNOW THAT IT MUST AMEND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PERMIT DRUG COMPANIES TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH RARE DISEASES WITH DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SO THAT THEY CAN GET THEIR LIFE-SAVING MEDICATION!!!

Susan Dolin
51,632 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, Mike Pence, Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, Bob Corker, Donald Trump

Stop the implantation of surgical mesh in patients

    I am starting this petition in hopes that it will help shine some light on a serious issue that is terrorizing many people right now, mesh. I am talking about the kind of mesh that is implanted in someone that has undergone a hernia surgery or hysterectomy. Once the mesh is implanted in an individual after their surgery, they begin to have an array of complications. I will go into some of those complications in a bit but first I wanted to let you know why this is so important to me. My grandmother, my father, and the company that keeps getting away with selling these mesh devices while knowing what they are doing to people.           To start, my grandmother was one of the most spry older people I have ever known. She was also a very private person, and she liked to keep to herself. Exactly three years ago today, on August 15, 2014, my grandmother passed away. It was a very painful and horrible death, all because of a type of mesh that was implanted in her. Several years before her death, my grandmother had undergone a procedure that required her to have a 'bladder sling' put in, which is just a type of mesh product. She never told anyone that she had this procedure done, so we had no idea that she had mesh implanted in her. At least we didn't know until we got a call from my uncle letting us know that my grandmother had came down with C-diff, or so they thought. They could tell she had a blockage somewhere in her intestines, and assumed she had a huge mass blocking them. The doctors were scared to operate on her because she was so weak, but they decided to anyways. To their surprise, when they opened her up, they found the bladder sling, not a mass at all. It had wrapped itself all around her intestines and strangled them so that she was unable to use the bathroom for who knows how long. There was absolutely nothing they could do, so they sewed her back up and made her as comfortable as possible for her final days. My grandmother was a very healthy older woman. She made it to the ripe old age of 90. If not for the mesh, she would've probably lived to be 100. Mesh took her away from her family, yet no one talks about how dangerous this stuff is. This brings me to my next reason for writing this letter to you. My father.                    My father is my best friend. He has been since I was a little girl. We have been through more than most fathers and daughters go through together. The death of my mother, injuries, and real hard times. Yet here we are, still together, still fighting. Now our biggest fight has turned to this mesh. Not only stopping the use of it and calling out the company and companies that are ruining peoples lives. My father just underwent surgery to have his Ethicon (Which is a brand from Johnson & Johnson) Prolene Hernia Mesh System and a 3D Bard Max mesh removed from his right groin area on September 6, 2017. The surgeon is only one of a few that do this kind of operation. This operation is very scary. The recovery period for this surgery can be anywhere from one to four years. These hernia systems have been in him for a total of 23 years combined and they have destroyed his quality of life daily. His operation took over 4 hours but they had a successful outcome. His two mesh systems had turned to concrete in his body and had wrapped around and cemented themselves to several of his major nerves and artifices. He was constantly in pain, but already feels some relief even with the surgery pain. We had recently discovered that hernia mesh causes autoimmune diseases in people, infections, and severe dental damage. Due to his mesh, my father has had to spend a ton of money on dental repairs. He also had to have bilateral knee replacements from the arthritis his hernia mesh eventually caused in his knees. These are just a few of the problems he has had to overcome from this device, and my father is no stranger to having to overcome things or the thought of danger. He was the head of a criminal investigations department for 13 years. During this time, he was the head detective on a case where a man shot and killed his four children to death ages ranging from 4-12, just to get back at their mother. These horrible events took place on November 30, 1997. This case was rough on him, and he decided to leave law enforcement shortly after this. He then went back to firefighting and eventually he became a special-ops firefighter/paramedic to the soldiers overseas in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Antarctica Those were scary and dangerous places to be, but he did it without fear but this operation had him severely nervous.            Finally, I can't write this letter without discussing the complaints behind a lot of these devices. Johnson & Johnson, and yes, I do mean that Johnson & Johnson. One of my fathers devices is made by Ethicon. Ethicon, Inc. is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, After worldwide reports over severe side effects from the Ethicon Physiomesh and mesh in general, Ethicon announced a voluntary recall in June 2016. But, in the United States, Ethicon removed the hernia mesh implants under the radar and labeled it as a “market withdrawal.” Ethicon is still using these devices daily. Please tell me how that is ok? Many individuals have lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over these issues, but J&J just tries to pay them off with some low ball number and then keeps using the products that are killing people. This has to be stopped! The operation for my dads hernia mesh removal was well over 30,000 dollars, and the most I have seen a J&J settlement for is about 70,000 dollars which includes lawyer fees. Therefore people walk away with 30-40k. How does that compensate anyone for their cost of surgery plus the pain and suffering they have had to endure. Meanwhile, the company that created the cause of their pain and suffering just keeps on releasing these devices out into the world under the 501k program which allows them to bypass the FDA without any forethought or testing what this chemical ridden polypropylene mesh does to the people once it is implanted into their bodies. I find it so disturbing that the government is not doing anything to stop J&J or at the very least, find them liable for all the injuries, suicides, and deaths that are all well documented. My question, is how come the government doesn't have any regulation or authority to make J&J take these devices off the market as well as help the victims receive compensation that is not a slap in the face. J&J has recently settled a number of other mesh cases before they went to the jury or trial. Ethicon is also facing more than 44,400 personal product liability cases over its mesh devices. If you want to find more about these products on your own, you can visit, www.meshnewsdesk.comits a great website with many mesh lawsuit cases and other individuals stories. There is also a very great facebook group called, Fighters and Survivors of all Transvaginal Mesh and Hernia Mesh/Plugs. It is a support group that my father is a member of. It is filled with others going through the same thing or that have already gone through it. It has helped his spirit some by getting to speak with others with the same issues. I also want to mention that Ethicon Johnson and Johnson and the makers of the Bard mesh are not the only companies that make these terrible devices. They are just the ones my family has had to deal with.         I know that this is a long shot, but we believe starting this petition can help get the word out. We feel like we are at the end of our rope with trying to get people to listen when it comes to how bad these devices are. Not to mention the fact that the big company that makes them just keeps making them knowing what they are doing to people. It's basically like they don't care as long as they are making their millions, and they have to be stopped! If nothing else, we want to get the word out. If more people know about the dangers of having a mesh device of any kind implanted in them, then maybe we did our job by helping them not go through with any procedure that mesh will be used. We need your help to speak out with us! Please help us. I pray and hope this touches your heart and soul. I thank you for your time and hope that you will sign this to help bring attention to the right people because if nothing changes, we severely need a change of government!

Chelsie Leverette
801 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Deborah A. Armstrong, Bill B. O'Neill

Stop HB 351 & SB 365: Defining and Scheduling Cannabidiol

Senator Bill O'Neill and Representative Deborah Armstrong have both recently proposed bills which attempt to place Cannabidiol (CBD) under the New Mexico Controlled Substances Act, listing CBD as a Schedule V substance and would only allow pharmaceutical companies with FDA approval to produce CBD products. As of today, there is only one company that has FDA approval, creating a temporary monopoly on CBD that would restrict access to full spectrum extracts in New Mexico. With this bill enacted anyone who seeks the aid of CBD will have limited choices on what they can be prescribed and what they can use for their health. Epidiolex, a prescription CBD medicine currently going through clinical trials, is composed of a Cannabidiol isolate. Recent trials with Epidiolex use on children and young adults who suffer from epilepsy showed 50% reduction in seizures for 39% of patients. While this study is promising, other research has shown better results with epilepsy patients who use Cannabidiol products that are whole plant extracts rather than isolates. The Realm of Caring Foundation conducted a study using the whole plant extract Charlotte’s Web with a group of 107 children with epilepsy, and found that 60% of the patients saw at least a 50% decrease in seizures, while 10% of patients reported being seizure free. It is important that patients and consumers have the ability to choose where their Cannabidiol comes from, so that they have the power to decide what will give them the relief they need. Choice is a powerful determining factor in the Cannabinoid industry. For a substance to be classified as a Schedule V substance under the Controlled Substances Act, it must meet the following guidelines: (A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV. Now let's see how Cannabidiol compares to these guidelines (A) Cannabidiol does have a low potential for abuse, as it is not a psychoactive chemical. (B) Cannabidiol is known to help with a large variety of ailments, which are recognized by many members of the medical community. (C) Abuse of CBD, if at all possible, does not lead to dependence to the substance, and some studies even show CBD benefiting those who are dependent on other substances. Cannabidiol has a wide range of benefits and is used for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, sleep aid, pain relief, epilepsy, muscle spasms and much more. However, if it becomes required to have a prescription for CBD, some of these ailments may not be considered severe enough to be considered for a Cannabidiol prescription. This bill will hurt those seeking relief more than anyone else. To stop these bills from going through New Mexico's congress, please sign this petition. Please contact Senator O'Neill and Representative Armstrong to voice your concern Senator O’Neill: 505-986-4260 Representative Armstrong: 505-986-4840

Thomas Martinez
375 supporters