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Noni Wideman to Consumers Union Concerning Pelvic Mesh

Mesh News Desk, March 14, 2016 ~ Noni Wideman, a survivor of a polypropylene mesh implant, writes the following letter to Consumers Union.   CU and specifically Lisa McGiffert have been involved in the pelvic mesh issue through Safe Patient Project, proposing that medical devices carry a warranty not unlike [...]

By |2016-03-18T13:57:09-04:00March 14th, 2016|Your Turn|5 Comments

Conflict of Interest on Medical Boards Abounds

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 18, 2015 ~ Thanks to Joleen Chambers, a patient advocate a tireless champion of a patient's right to  know.   She writes to Mesh News Desk about important issues you can be involved with to help resolve the major conflicts that exist on your [...]

By |2016-05-05T19:35:49-04:00May 18th, 2015|Op-Ed|1 Comment

Consumers Union: Manufacturers Should Warranty Knees and Hips

Your big screen television and new car comes with a warranty- why not the most important medical purchase you will make in your life? Consumers Union, an arm of Consumer Reports, has come up with a novel and common sense approach. Manufacturers of medical devices should warranty their products. They [...]

By |2013-09-12T11:01:09-04:00September 12th, 2013|Medical News|3 Comments

FDA Asks Consumers to Report Product Failures

June 10, 2013 ~ New and Improved? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is celebrating 20 years of the MedWatch program by providing consumers with a new form that should encourage consumers and medical professionals to report adverse events, complications and bad outcomes with drugs and medical devices, cosmetics, [...]

By |2013-06-10T16:07:02-04:00June 10th, 2013|FDA News|4 Comments

FDA Helps Industry Push Medical Device Innovation

Medical Device Innovation Consortium logo December 4, 2012 ~ The FDA will collaborate with the medical device industry it regulates in a public-private collaboration, all to speed up the approval of new devices. The newly formed nonprofit group,  Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), has a goal of speeding [...]

By |2012-12-04T20:45:09-04:00December 4th, 2012|FDA News|1 Comment

Patient Advocate Joleen Chambers Needs Your Vote!

Joleen Chambers Texas-based patient advocate, Joleen Chambers heads FIDA, FAILED Implant Device Alliance, their website is here. Chambers is interested in winning a Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Scholarship (more here). She needs daily votes! All you have to do is add a Facebook Like or Twitter [...]

By |2012-07-17T23:00:12-04:00July 17th, 2012|Op-Ed|0 Comments

FDA’s Shuren Tells Industry Medical Device Reviews are Faster, More Efficient

Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, CDRH If you ask the public, most say they want safer medical devices, not more of them.  If you ask the patients profiled in Mesh Device News Desk (MDND) they’d say they wished they’d known that the medical devices they received had come with a [...]

By |2012-06-14T15:58:11-04:00June 14th, 2012|FDA News|1 Comment

Senate Passes FDA Funding Bill Minus Major Patient Safety Provisions

May 24, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one step closer to being funded for the next five years in a bi-partisan vote considered good for the FDA and industry – but what about patients? The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act passed on [...]

By |2012-05-24T23:15:39-04:00May 24th, 2012|FDA News|2 Comments

Politico Ad: Consumers Union Warns the FDA Cannot Protect Patients

May 22, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has as its mission the protection of the American people from dangerous consumer products such as food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices – right? Consumers Union in a recent poll found most Americans  believe safety is the FDA’s [...]

By |2012-05-22T18:30:12-04:00May 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment