Medical Products Liability Posts in June, 2013

New Hip Replacement Design Could Reduce Complications

More often now than ever before, high school students are graduating and entering into colleges and universities without any idea of what they would like to study or what they want to do with the rest of their lives. As time seeds out those who are not meant for college-life, there are very few students left in comparison when it is time to enter graduate school ....
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Defective Diabetes Device: FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter

Defective medical equipment can serious injury those who need the products, especially in the case of diabetic monitoring devices. Diabetes is when the body does not process the food properly – glucose (sugar) cannot be converted to energy for the body to use. Some conditions can go unnoticed if not tested by a blood sugar meter. If untreated, it can cause short term problems such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, or diabetic ketoacidosis....
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FDA Recalled 5 Medical Devices in One Week

Every year, the FDA recalls medical devices that are deemed unsafe or that don’t function properly. In 2012, 50 medical devices were recalled throughout the year, and 2013 is no different. Early in May, five medical devices were recalled....
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What Makes a Medical Device Defective?

Though medical devices are meant to help those who need them to live healthy and productive lives, there are risks involved in the use of a medical device. If the device does not work properly, is not used properly, or begins to break down, it can cause more problems for the person using it. The following will help you understand what makes a medical product defective, and what to do if you encounter a defective device. In order to bring up the issue of a defective medical device in a court of law, it must be defective in one of the two following ways:...
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Hip Replacement Recall

If you’ve had a hip replacement surgery in the last several years and you’re experiencing pain or other complications, you may need to investigate hip product recalls. In January of 2013, the FDA issued a warning about faulty hip replacements for products using metal-on-metal in their design....
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Pharmaceutical Recall

When purchasing a medical product, it is expected that the product will be safe, functioning, and helpful. The Food and Drug Administration exists to regulate the safety of these products. However, when a product is found to be unsafe after it has been used by the public, the FDA can post product recalls. ...
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National Conference Encourages Mental Health Dialogue

Chances are you know someone who suffers from mental illness. That someone may even be you. Yet, knowing about mental illness is not the same as understanding mental illness. An increasing awareness about mental health issues fuels a need for healthy dialogue and proper education. Mental illness impacts many – from government officials to day laborers – and the community continues to grow. Earlier this month, President Obama and Vice President Biden hosted a National Conference on Mental Health....
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Why the FDA Removes Drugs from the Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controls what drugs may be sold or prescribed to the public. If a prescription drug is proven to cause dangerous side effects, FDA may remove it from the market. Also, the FDA may ask the manufacturer to withdraw a drug when the drug is not used in treatment anymore. There are a number of reasons why the FDA sometimes chooses to remove a drug off the market, according to this article. Here are two of them....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL