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What They Knew

According to Monat’s website, they explain that their products are “naturally-based, safe, pure and sustainable” and that they use “the power of botanical oils” in “rich formulations that make these naturally-based ingredients work in harmony with each other.”

While that sounds environmentally friendly and healthy for your hair, the ingredient list found on their bottles tells a very different story. For example, in Monats’ Revive Shampoo, there are two ingredients – Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Benzyl Alcohol – that are associated with contact allergies. After repeated use, typical symptoms of a contact allergy can include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters. Over 12,000 Monat users have joined an anti-Monat group on Facebook complaining of these exact painful and embarrassing side effects. Many lawsuits have been filed against Monat – with more are being filed everyday – plus hundreds of complaints are being filed with the FDA.

Secondly, it is important to know that shampoo is considered to be a cosmetic which means it’s regulated but not tested or approved by the FDA. The FDA states that, “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.” Many Monat “Marketing Partners” (aka sales reps) have boasted of FDA approval, while in fact they’re supplying inaccurate information.

Finally, Monat freely uses the words “natural” and “safe” but there is no clear or official definition on what these terms mean. The term “organic” is strictly monitored by the National Organic Program, which is administered through the USDA, but Monat never uses this term. Monat incorporates a lot of words to garner customer trust, but many chemicals found in Monat are known common allergens.

When They Knew It

Monat Global was founded in 2014 and by the end of 2017, more and more women starting speaking out against Monat. What took so long? Well, the many women who are reporting hairloss and scalp sores discussed with their Monat “Marketing Partners” their problems and were told that these symptoms were part of a “detox” process to eliminate the chemicals and impurities caused by past hair care products. They were advised that after a set period of time, these problems would resolve themselves. However, even after stopping use, countless women are still suffering from thinning hair, bald patches, scalp burns, and other scalp wounds.

What can you do?

Currently, there have been hundreds of FDA adverse Event reports and class action lawsuits filed against Monat. Trisha Whitmire and Emily Yanes de Flores are suing Monat Global because Monat made claims they couldn’t back up including: 1) their products are safe for everyone, 2) health improvements included the prevention of hair loss and an increase in hair growth, and 3) that their products show higher proven results than their competitors.

Since so many women have similar complaints against Monat, these cases are being presented to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Chicago, IL to determine what the next steps should be to consolidate these complaints. If you had hair loss or scalp sores after using Monat, contact us today. You were never warned of the potential for hair loss and scalp damage and you were misled to believe that this product was safe.

Monat Warnings In The News

4/9/18: Hundreds across the country say Monat shampoo caused balding, scalp sores

From coast to coast we found hundreds of people sharing similar stories. Men, women and children all spoke of scalp sores, bald spots and hair falling out in clumps.

Jessica Deets said her hair started falling out at an alarming rate two months after she began shampooing with Monat. She also estimates her daughter lost most of her hair after using Monat’s children’s line. Jessica showed us the clumps she says she found in little girl’s crib.

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3/19/18: Women claim Monat hair products cause balding, scalp sores

Scalp sores, breakage and hair falling out in chunks. It’s a hair care nightmare and some women are blaming it on the Monat hair care product line.

“I took a picture of my hair, compared it to a picture of before I stared Monat, and my eyes just filled up with tears. It was so thin and it was stringy and I was just sick,” said Erin Ostby, a military spouse who used and sold Monat products.

Women like Ostby say they watched their hopes for beautiful, healthy hair wash down the drain after using Monat.

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Filed Monat Complaints & Damages

2/20/18: Trisha Whitmire and Emily Yanes de Flores v. Monat Global Corp.

Monat Hair Care Products are promoted as “naturally-based” and “safe.” These and other claims made by Monat are patently false. Indeed, Monat claims without caveat that Monat Hair Care Products are “suitable for all skin and hair types.” Products will have substantial health benefits, including the cessation of hair loss and hair regrowth.

Far from the panacea that Monat Haircare Products claim to be, in reality Monat has caused scalp irritation and hair loss for many consumers. And when consumers complain about hair loss or scalp irritation Monat dutifully erases all such comments. Shamefully, hair loss claims are met with unsubstantiated claims of a “detox” period that will cause increased hair loss before the purported benefits of Monat Haircare Products accrue or worse yet, suggestions to spend more money on still more expensive Monat Haircare Products.

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1/29/18: Monat Global Corp. v. Vickie Harrington

Monat is a world-class designer, manufacturer, and distributor of hair care and personal products throughout the United States and Canada. Monat sells its products using a direct sales model, under which it engages a number of independent sales representatives, referred to as “Market Partners,” to market and distribute its products. Monat provides commissions and other financial incentives to its Market Partners for sales they make, and for purchases and sales made by new and additional Market Partners that they recruit.

In approximately September 2017, Harrington executed a contract with Monat to become a Market Partner. On December 26, 2017, Harrington falsely represented on Facebook that Monat’s products cause scalp burns, strip color from hair, and “thin” and break hair. Harrington also represented that Monat products “contain a highly dangerous extract called red clover that is horrible for cancer patients, pregnant, and breast feeding woman.”

In late December 2017, Harrington commented on Facebook to another individual, “if you know anybody using these products, please warn them.” She added that the “hair loss, scalp sores, irritation, burning, etc [sic] that DOES NOT STOP once you stop using these products.”

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Dr. Chris DeArmitt, who is a consultant to the top technology firms in America, told Sky News: “I see an absolute disregard for proper testing. Testing is way less than you would see on a vacuum cleaner or a washing machine. It’s shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my career.”

No Testing, Fast Approval, Injured Patients: Is the FDA Finally Listening to Mesh Survivors?

You might be wondering “Testing for what?” You would probably be shocked to find out that “more than 90 percent of medical devices do not require proof that they have been clinically tested and found to be safe and effective prior to FDA clearance for distribution or sale,” shares Consumers Union project director Lisa McGiffert in an article from the Fowler Tribune.

This loophole in the FDA is called the 510(k) process and it has allowed millions of patients to be irreparably harmed – and even killed – by the very device that was intended to help them. Now after several decades of patient injuries, billions of dollars being fought over in court, and countless devices being pulled from market (too little, too late, we might add), the FDA is only now looking into changing this horrific flaw in their system.

What is the FDA’s 510(k) Process?

The FDA’s 510(k) process allows medical devices companies to quickly fast-track a product to market based on a pre-approved product. This idea came about decades ago with the purpose to promote innovation but has instead become a way for big companies to slip their products to market for high profits while avoiding expensive testing. This has caused several inexcusable problems to arise. Here’s one tragic example: 

Transvaginal Mesh

A medical device can be approved for market based on a previous model, even one that was recalled. This is what happened in the huge debacle involving vaginal mesh. Protegen was the first vaginal mesh product on the market, but was recalled due to patient harm. However, even after it was pulled, dozens of additional mesh devices were sold and implanted in patients based on this poor design. Currently, hundreds of thousands of women are suffering from mesh and many will have to live with chronic pain, the impossibility of holding down a job, and the inability to have sex with their partners for the rest of their lives. 

But this story includes many more products beyond vaginal mesh-like IVC filters to prevent blood clots, Essure female sterilization devices, hip replacement products, and countless others.  The New York Times reports that these fast-tracked devices have caused 80,000 deaths and more than two million injuries.

Change is in the Air 

Fortunately, with documentaries like The Bleeding Edge, social media groups criticizing the FDA’s process, and advocacy groups, the FDA is reevaluating how it approves devices for market. According to the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network,

“For premarket review of 510(k) devices, on February 1, 2019, the FDA released a Final Guidance Document for the ‘Safety and Performance Based Pathway.’ This optional pathway consists of using criteria that involve conformance to FDA-recognized consensus standards, FDA guidance, and/or special controls. It enables 510(k) clearance for certain medical devices if the device meets these specific criteria, which should include safety and effectiveness (as opposed to the often ill-defined ‘substantial equivalence’ to predicate devices). The decision to use this new pathway is determined by manufacturers, although the FDA can disagree with this determination.”

While this is a step in the right direction by requiring device companies to prove safety and effectiveness, many think that these changes don’t go far enough towards protecting patient health. For instance, JAMA suggests that “legislation should mandate that 510(k) devices show improved safety and effectiveness compared with marketed devices for the same clinical purpose, using meaningful clinical criteria to gain clearance. Although these criteria will differ based on the intended use of the device, all criteria should be based on patient-oriented clinical outcomes.”

Additionally, once a product is approved for market, many times the post-market surveillance falls to the wayside. Medical devices should have a registry so that patients can know what devices are implanted in them, doctors can properly treat problems that may arise, and companies can monitor their products more effectively. Car parts are meticulously tracked, shouldn’t medical devices be all the more!?!

Too Little, Too Late

It’s great that the FDA is reviewing it’s 510(k) process that has been grossly overused and under monitored for decades, but what about those who have already been harmed by an agency that favored billion-dollar medical device companies over the health and wellness of patients?

One way that this FDA change was brought about was through the voices and bravery of those who were injured by these faulty medical devices. If you or a loved one had vaginal mesh and had corrective surgery, your voice needs to be heard. Please call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. It’s time to hold medical device companies accountable for the unbearable pain they caused you. We want to hear your story and we want to help you if we can.

“Vaginal mesh: Tests on plastic material ‘way less’ thorough than on washing machine”. Sky News. Accessed August 5, 2019.
“Moving From Substantial Equivalence to Substantial Improvement for 510(k) Devices”. JAMA Network. Accessed August 5, 2019.
“Medical Device Testing: Too Much, or Not Enough?” ADMET. Accessed August 5, 2019.

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Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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