Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

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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J&J trying to recover from setbacks

Although Johnson & Johnson’s overall profit fell 10.6 percent to $3.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013, over-the-counter sales through the company’s consumer division are up 14 percent in the United States, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The company is putting more Tylenol and Motrin on stores shelves through its McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit, located outside Philadelphia. Although McNeil also has plants in Lancaster, Pa., and in Puerto ...

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Woman writes of ordeal with mesh implant

Scots newspaper Daily Record recently printed a letter that a woman wrote to Scotland’s health secretary, detailing the health problems she’s endured as a result of getting a vaginal mesh implant. She describes herself as “one of the many, many Scots women whose lives have been devastated by mesh surgery.”

But the devices, implanted to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, have generated complaints globally about their tendency to erode in ...

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