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Mesh Survivor Says ‘Don’t Give Up’

When doctors told her they would implant pelvic mesh to treat her prolapsed bladder, Estelle Tasz didn’t think anything of it. Then 29, the mother of three put it out of her mind. Years later when she started hemorrhaging, having pelvic, back and leg pains, she never suspected it was the mesh. She simply thought […]

35:37 Michelle Llamas

Patient Warns Others About Metal Hip Implants and Complications

My guest on this episode is Don Dupuis. After getting a hip implant at age 50, he thought it would lessen the pain of the osteoarthritis that was building in his hip. His doctor in Sussex, New Brunswick, recommended that he get the surgery as soon as possible. The surgeon chose a Wright CONSERVE metal-on-metal […]

44.02 Michelle Llamas

Mesh Survivors Move from Victims to Advocates

On previous episodes of Drugwatch Radio, I had the opportunity to talk to some inspiring people whose lives were turned upside down by the complications of transvaginal mesh. When I talked to Teresa and David Sawyer and Christy Hammond, they shared their courageous stories with me. Raw and sometimes shocking, their experiences paint an intimate […]

41:57 Michelle Llamas

Cancer Survivor Provides Forum for Patients to Share Personal Journeys

This episode of Drugwatch Radio features Amy Ohm, the founder and CEO of TreatmentDiaries.com. Treatment Diaries is an online patient community that allows people to share their personal journeys with illness and to read the accounts of others. Ohm’s melanoma diagnosis inspired her to establish Treatment Diaries. She didn’t find many places where she could […]

23:26 Michelle Llamas

Doctor Wants FDA to Warn About Testosterone Side Effects

On this episode of Drugwatch Radio, I welcome a fellow consumer advocate to the show, Sidney Wolfe, M.D., founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. Wolfe founded the group in 1971 and since then, the group has been holding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical companies accountable. Their petitions have been successful in […]

33:32 Michelle Llamas
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