Medical Products Liability Posts in December, 2013

Surgical Mesh Implants for Hernia Repair may Cause Chronic Pain

A lot has been noted about the dangers of transvaginal mesh implants, most commonly used for pelvic organ prolapse repair and/or stress urinary incontinence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Transvaginal mesh is only one type of surgical mesh used however—a device generally implanted to “repair weakened or damaged tissue.” Another common use for surgical mesh devices is for the repair of hernias....
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FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips Recalled

Abbott Diabetes Care, a lead developer and manufacturer of glucose monitoring and testing systems and strips has announced that it is issuing a voluntary recall of certain lots of its FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Testing Strips in the United States. The defective medical device recall was issued on November 27, 2013 after the company found that approximately 20 lots of the test strips may return erroneously low blood glucose readings when used with certain types of FreeStyle blood glucose meters....
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FDA Issues Recall of Medtronic Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class I recall of approximately 15,000 Medtronic devices used during heart procedures due to a risk of serious injury or death. The recall affects Medtronic Interventional Guidewires and ATTAIN HYBRID Guidewires. According to the FDA, these are the long, thin wires that are inserted through the artery in order to guide the placement of diagnostics or medical devices such as stents....
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iPledge Program for Pregnancy & Birth Defect Prevention Lacking

Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane and one of the most effective medications for acne, is reported to cause severe birth defects to an exposed fetus. Because of this, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration created the computer-based risk management program iPledge, requiring women to review educational materials, complete tests and pledge to use two forms of birth control prior to using the drug....
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Report Defective Medical Device Complaints via MedWatcher App

If you have ever experienced painful side effects due to a defective medical device, drug or vaccination, you are not alone. Consumer Reports notes that “tens of millions of Americans live with medical devices implanted in their bodies,” including artificial joints, heart defibrillators and surgical mesh. And while Americans may assume that these devices have been tested for safety and effectiveness, Consumer Reports indicates that this is rarely the case....
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Thousands of Doctors Escape Medical Board Discipline Despite Complaints and Malpractice Suits

USA Today published a stunning report that reveals that, across the country, there are thousands of doctors who are forbidden to practice in hospitals or other medical establishments, yet have not received any kind of punishment from state medical boards. Those doctors, despite having settled multiple medical malpractice suits, still maintain their medical license....
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FDA Issues HBOT Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and how some companies may be using deceptive advertising to promote HBOT....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL