Medical Products Liability Posts in September, 2014

Number of Product Recalls on the Rise

When complicated medical technology hits the market and is adopted by medical professionals, issues with associated surgeries are bound to occur. There are several reasons for this, and difficulties with the manufacturing of the product itself are not the only ones. By some reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not always fully vet products before they are released to the public. Hence, many devices end up recalled....
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Improper Medical Product Instructions & Defective Labeling

Products liability covers a large range of products and can include intangible property such as pets, gas leaks, and real estate. Defective medical products are one of the most damaging types of products liability. Examples of defective medical products include those that were not fully vetted for compatibility with the body, those with side effects more severe than the disease they are supposed to alleviate, and those that cause unexpected additional issues for the patient....
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Senators Call for Recall of Power Morcellators

In August, two U.S. senators began pressing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take power morcellators off the American medical device market. According to the FDA, laparoscopic power morcellators are used to help remove tissue through small incision sites, and are most commonly used in hysterectomies or during the surgical removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy)....
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Antidepressant Paxil Linked to Birth Defects

When the antidepressant drug Paxil hit the consumer market in the early 1990s, it was hailed by the medical world as a wonder drug, able to relieve even the most severe cases of mental depression. Like most other antidepressants, Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There have been widely-publicized side effects about SSRIs for the patient who takes them. However, not as much has been published about the effects SSRIs can have on babies born to women who are taking them....
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Another Compound Pharmacy Recall Due to Contamination Issues

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to physicians across the country not to use any compounded drugs that were manufactured by Unique Pharmaceuticals because of possible contamination. This action was done in response to an FDA inspection of the company’s Temple, Texas manufacturing plant, where inspectors found issues with medication production that may have compromised the sterility of the medication....
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Testosterone Therapy on the Rise

Testosterone therapy entices its users with the promise of increased muscle mass, boosted libido, increased energy levels, and sharpened concentration and memory. As men age, they begin to see testosterone therapy as a viable option to help them get back some of their youth. Testosterone therapy involves the taking of testosterone medicines to increase one’s testosterone levels....
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Stryker Orthopaedics Faces Medical Product Liability Issues

Stryker Orthopaedics (“Stryker”) is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Recently, Stryker has come under fire for some of its medical devices that have been found to be defective. In fact, over 2,000 plaintiffs have filed suit against Stryker because of faults in Stryker hip implants....
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL