Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Study finds hazards for mesh implants

A study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, measured the success of a surgery called abdominal sacrocolpopexy, which is the standard treatment for a condition called pelvic organ prolapse.

The study analyzed the results of 200 women who underwent the surgery, according to the Wall Street Journal. Many of them reported short-term relief from symptoms and didn’t need repeat surgery.

But about 25 percent experienced a recurrence of some ...

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Vaginal mesh recipients protest outside hospital

A story in the Star Phoenix describes a protest outside a Canadian hospital by women warning others about a medical device called the vaginal mesh implant.

The implant is supposed to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, a condition characterized by weakened muscles being unable to provide adequate support for the pelvic organs.

But the protest included women who have suffered serious complications from the mesh, which caused ...

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Physical therapy a treatment for urinary incontinence

Treatments for urinary incontinence vary, depending on the underlying cause and the severity. But in some cases, the key to eliminating the condition may be as simple and noninvasive as physical therapy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And while there are pros and cons to different types of treatment, one in particular has proven to be dangerous for many patients.

Transvaginal mesh implants, marketed as a treatment for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ ...

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Australian lawmakers taking action on medical devices

Australian lawmakers are considering legislation to help protect consumers from faulty medical devices, including all-metal hip implants.

Newspaper The Australian reports that there is currently no requirement in Australia that sponsors of medical devices, which are companies that don’t produce the devices but supply them for sale, have insurance in case of problems with a device. The story says at least one senator intends to introduce legislation that would all sponsors or ...

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J&J rebranding called well-executed PR attempt

A story in Forbes takes a look at the trend of top global brands issuing public apologies for serious missteps.

The story picks out Johnson & Johnson as an example of a company falling back on a new branding campaign in an effort to win back customers who have turned away because of recent problems.

In Johnson & Johnson’s case, those problems included a string of recalls, including both over-the-counter medicines and implantable ...

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J&J’s new branding a response to long-standing problems

A piece in the New York Times on Johnson & Johnson’s new corporate branding campaign says the company urgently needed to distance itself from the “bad press of product recalls and pending litigation,” of which it experienced much lately.

In 2010, the story points out, Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit recalled more than 280 million packages of over-the-counter medications including Motrin, children’s Tylenol liquid and Benadryl.

Also in 2010, the company’s ...

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