Medical Products Liability Posts in April, 2014

Why You Should be Concerned about Metal Hip Implants

While all of the different artificial hip implants on the market carry some form of wear risk, those that are made with metal-on-metal are some of the most dangerous out there. This is because of their unique structure, and these additional concerns can create problems and pains for patients who have had them installed....
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Avandia Restrictions Lifted, Negative Side Effects Persist

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has come under fire in recent years for paying doctors to promote drugs, according to The practice is, surprisingly, a legal one, and “widespread in the drug industry.” At the end of 2013, however, Glaxo announced that it would stop the practice, as well as stop “compensating its sales representatives based on the number of prescriptions that doctors write,” according to Mercola....
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Why Report a Defective Medical Device to the FDA

Consumers and patients who have been in injured by defective devices or other unsafe products frequently report these issues to the FDA, as they should. Recent cases relating to defective medical devices as well as products outside the realm of healthcare demonstrate that while it’s the federal government’s job to investigate these claims and promote safe standards across the board, this process is often a lengthy one....
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Guidant Case Reveals Problems with Defective Device Investigations

Finding out that you or a loved one has suffered injuries or requires additional procedures to correct problems from a defective medical device is frustrating. There are certain steps you need to take to protect yourself and to have the best chance of getting the company to recall or fix defective devices....
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Medical Device Recalls Doubled in Past Ten Years

A new report from the Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health says that defective devices have spiraled out of control in the last decade. Between 2003 and 2012, device recalls have increased by 97 percent. Defective medical devices have caused injuries, pain, and complications for patients who use them....
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What Are the Most Common Class I Recalled Devices?

Medical device recalls are on the rise, with patients reporting injuries and problems from defective products more often than ever. The most serious of all FDA recalls is known as a Class I, since that indicates a situation where there is a reasonable chance that exposure to or use of a product could lead to major health consequences or death....
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Defective Cochlear Implants Injured Children

New data shows that a company manufacturing cochlear implants distributed defective products to adults and children for many years. Unfortunately, this is just one example of defective medical devices that cause injury to people all over the world....
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Killer Contraception? Lawsuit Alleges NuvaRing is Killing Women

According to Fox News, more than 3,600 women have joined together to file an unsafe medical drug lawsuit against drug manufacturer Merck. According to the lawsuit, more than 100 women have died as a result of using the company’s contraceptive, NuvaRing. Lawyers associated with the suit argue that the contraceptive ring caused blood clots that resulted in death. They also state that Merck failed to include the risk of clots on the medication label and did not inform doctors that NuvaRing carries a clotting risk that is up to five times greater than traditional birth control pills....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL