Medical Products Liability Posts in August, 2013

FDA Issues Class I Recall of Drug Infusion Pumps

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a Class I recall of Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death....
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Dietary Supplements with Illegal Ingredients

Two US Senators recently introduced the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) say the law is needed to help oversee the ever growing list of dangerous dietary supplements and herbal medications that can cause adverse reactions in people who take these products, but are on the market totally unregulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....
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Defective Medical Device Reporting: The Basics

When you’re injured or ill and have a surgery to address the injury or illness, the last thing on your mind is dealing with a lawsuit after the fact. In fact, common sense dictates that after a traumatic event such as this, the most important step to recovery is to rest and avoid stressful endeavors—such as a lawsuit....
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Medtronic Faces Allegations of Off-Label Marketing

When industry giant Medtronic Inc. announced that it had come up with an implant known as INFUSE, that could potentially replace the bone graft procedure, it was big news in the medical world. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates procedures such as these, approved INFUSE for use in spinal surgery, specifically in a lower spine operation known as an anterior lumbar interbody fusion. Medtronic, however, had other ideas for INFUSE. One of these was in dental restoration surgery....
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Are Hip Implants Safe?

When it comes to medical devices that have been in the news, defective hip implants have been a constant player. Lawsuits surrounding hip implants have pointed out numerous weaknesses in the devices geared to help people, including complications requiring additional surgeries and even metal poisoning from implants that have broken down and released dangerous substances into the body....
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Types of Product Liability

Product liability law is a highly specialized niche of tort law that enables injured plaintiffs to hold those responsible, usually large corporations with even larger law firms, accountable for their actions. In order to bring an action based on product liability, plaintiffs must pigeonhole their claim into at least one of the product liability theories. The main theories of liability are:...
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Medical Technology and Product Liability Law

With the boom in medical technology, product liability law has become an important tool in ensuring that progress does not come at the price of innocent lives. Product liability cases are difficult to prove, however. A case premised on product liability requires the plaintiff to show that:...
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL