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Real People, Real Medical Device Stories

   A simple hernia repair results in a lifetime of despair  “The mesh that was put inside of me has caused so much damage that none of the nerves can ever be repaired.  Now I face a lifetime of pain and struggle because of it.” – Jim Shull, Browns Mills, NJ When Jim Shull had Continue Reading

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Friday, June 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments »
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Problem Medical Devices: Read Avery’s story

“Almost one year after being implanted, the defibrillator lead broke in half inside of my daughter Avery and caused her to have 9 defibrillation shocks. To any adult, this is scary. My three year old daughter Avery was convinced for months that there were monsters attacking her and was scared to move.” – Molly deGroh, mother of Avery, McHenry, IL

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 in Hip and Knee Replacement | 8 Comments »

Congress passes FDA user fees law, speeds up drug/device approvals; slows down safety

It was a case of good and bad — last week the Senate passed legislation to oversee medical device safety, and while Senators agreed to increase fees to help fund some safety oversight, they missed the opportunity to include important medical device safety provisions that thousands of activists helped support. This week, the House passed their Continue Reading

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | 26 Comments »

#SPPChat: What Consumers Need to Know About Medical Device User Fee Bills

The intent of our Twitter chat on May 17 was to debunk industry claims about the FDA’s device approval process and explain what consumers really need to know about the medical device user fee bills.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, May 18th, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

Join Our Twitter Chat on May 17: “What Consumers Need To Know About Medical Device User Fee Bills”

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will host its second Twitter chat on Thursday, May 17 at 1pm EST to debunk industry claims about the FDA’s device approval process and explain what consumers really need to know about the medical device user fee bills.     In the wake of several high profile, device-related public health disasters–such as Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, May 11th, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | 4 Comments »

Consumers Gaining Momentum in the Senate on Safety In Medical Device Legislation Debate, Congress Feeling the Pressure

Last week Senators on a key committee voted on a bill that will determine the safety of a medical device you or a member of your family may need someday. Learn how consumers are taking action and what the Senate bill does and doesn’t do to improve patient safety.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Monday, April 30th, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | 2 Comments »

Twitter chat on Medical Device Safety

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project team hosted a Twitter chat on medical device safety issues on March 30 from 1-2pm ET.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, March 30th, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project to host Twitter chat on medical devices

To help educate the public about medical device safety issues concerning Americans, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will host a Twitter chat on medical devices on Friday, March 30 at 12pm CST using the hashtag #sppchat. The campaign invites any interested individuals to join the chat. The medical device industry has been pushing Congress to Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

Consumer Reports Poll: Americans Want Strong Medical Device Safety Oversight

This week, Consumers Union issued a news release on a new Consumer Reports poll showing overwhelming public support for strong medical device safety oversight. The poll results come at a time when Congress is considering legislation that could weaken current safety standards that would make it easier for potentially unsafe devices to enter the market.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

CDC warns the public about deadly C. diff infections, patient safety advocates react

14,000 Americans die every year from diarrhea-causing C. difficile (or C. diff for short) infections and 337,000 people are hospitalized, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unlike other healthcare-associated infections that have been on the decline over the past decade, C. diff infection rates and deaths climbed to Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, March 9th, 2012 in C. diff, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs | 7 Comments »
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