Medical Mistakes

FDA Safety Alert Reveals Growing Number of Surgical Complications Involving Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is a permanent implant designed to strengthen a weakened vaginal wall in the instance of POP or to reinforce the urethra to treat SUI. In 2011, the FDA issued a follow-up of its health notification from three years previous, which alerted people to the complications linked to transvaginal mesh when treating either of these medical conditions.
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Invasive Procedure Equipment Causes Big Problems When Contaminated

With cancer rates at an all-time high and cancer remaining a leading cause of death in the United States, the word biopsy has become a household term.  A biopsy, according to WebMD, is the examination of a contaminated tissue that was removed from the body to determine what disease—or to what extent the disease is present—is afflicting a patient. A patient will undergo a biopsy if he or she has abnormal test results or if a medical practitioner suspects that it could identify an unidentified condition.
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Testosterone Therapy Linked to Heart Issues

More research has come out recently that links testosterone therapy to heart conditions. A study published in early January of this year found that men taking testosterone drugs faced a higher risk of heart attack for men over the age of 65. Men younger than 65 but with a history of heart problems also had higher risks for heart attacks, according to the study tracking 56,000 men.
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Essure Problems Being Reported to FDA

In recent months, the FDA has begun reviewing more information regarding Essure, a transcervical sterilization procedure for women. Essure is a Class III medical device that, according to the FDA, received a high level of review prior to marketing. The procedure had to be vetted through the pre-market approval process used by the FDA. This process includes reviewing data about product labeling materials and a scientific and regulatory review.
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More Recalls and Lawsuits on the Horizon for da Vinci Surgical Robots

At the end of 2013, the FDA announced even more Class II recalls for components making up the da Vinci surgical robot system. The robots have already been in the news for numerous errors and concerns shared by patients who have undergone surgeries using these machines. If you have already been injured as a result of a da Vinci surgical robot, you need legal advice from an Illinois defective medical device attorney.
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Federal Judge Throws Out Abilify Lawsuit

Early this month a federal judge dismissed a defective drug lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb, maker of the drug Abilify. According to the judge’s ruling, pharmaceutical companies cannot be held responsible for providing detailed instructions to doctors on how to monitor the symptoms of dystonia.
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Company Fined $2.2 Billion Over Defective Hip Implants

In an attempt to settle thousands of defective medical device lawsuits over its recalled hip implants, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy has agreed to pay at least $2.47 billion. Patients have told a judge while outlining an accord, however, that the final settlement may be worth more than $4 billion total. The global health care company recalled 93,000 defective ASR hip implants in 2010. Doctors and patients began complaining that the implants are weak and internal company documents have shown that 37 percent of the implants fail within 5 years.
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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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New Study: Over 250,000 Patients Die from Hospital Mistakes Each Year

A new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety has concluded that the number of patients who die from medical mistakes in hospitals is significantly higher than past studies have revealed. In 1999, a report titled “To Err is Human,” which was published by the Institute of Medicine, put that number at 98,000. At the time the report was published, the medical community balked that number but in time accepted it as factual.
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL