Medical Products Liability Posts in August, 2014

Risks Associated with Intrauterine Devices

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer of Mirena Intrauterine Devices (IUD) birth control, has faced several lawsuits in recent years for alleged complications that arise from having used the device. Earlier this month, Mirena made headlines in Bergen County, New Jersey, where nearly 1,000 new lawsuits were filed to date against the manufacturer....
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Serious Complications for Infuse Bone Graft Patients

The Infuse Bone Graft, manufactured by Medtronic, is one medical device that has come under fire in recent years for Medtronic’s failure to appropriately warn patients of associated risks. According to Medtronic, the device consists of two parts. One part is a protein found in all human bodies. The other is the device itself—the delivery carrier. The protein found in the device is associated with bone growth and healing....
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Reasons to Undergo a Hip Replacement & Risks Involved

Having a hip replaced is one of the most risky and complicated surgeries a person can undergo. It is also one of the most common bone replacements that are undergone in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), there are several reasons why a person would undergo a hip replacement surgery. Goals of such surgery include:...
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Hyperthyroid Drugs Cause Birth Defects

A report first published last October by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health found that medication taken to treat hyperthyroidism in pregnant women led to birth defects. The report was based on a study which examined more than 815,000 children born between 1996 and 2008. Those who were exposed to hyperthyroid medication early in the pregnancy were more likely to experience birth defects....
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Generic Drugs and Defective Drug Claims

A generic drug is an essential option for Americans, as it is sold at a lower cost than a name brand product. In fact, the FDA notes that generic brands can be as much as 85 percent lower in price. However, these lower prices are a direct result of several factors. One of these factors is that generic drug manufacturers are not required to “repeat the costly clinical trials of new drugs.”...
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Risky Cardiovascular Procedures and Known Defective Devices

Heart surgery and the implementation of a heart device are very serious procedures. According to the New York University Langone Medical Center coronary revascularization is one of the most risky heart procedures for patients; however, it is recommended for heart failure patients who have a varying degree of severity of heart problems....
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Are Too Few Teenagers Receiving the HPV Vaccination?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in America. Not only is HPV associated with genital warts, it is known to cause cervical cancer in women and other types of cancers in men. Several years ago, the development of a vaccination to protect against the transmission of HPV was announced. There are currently two vaccinations for HPV being manufactured: Gardisil and Cervarix....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL