An intrauterine device (IUD) is a commonly preferred method of birth control used by many women, suggested for use in women who have had at least one child. According to WebMD, “an IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper or contains hormones.” It is implanted into the uterus by a medical professional, and stays in place, releasing hormones on a schedule for up to five years.
The United States Department of Justice has announced that global health care company Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fees in a defective medications lawsuit alleging that the company marketed medications to improper audiences from 1999 to 2005. The judgment represents the third-largest health care fraud settlement in United States history.
Every year, defective medical devices affect thousands of Americans and the problem only seems to be growing, according to Consumer Reports. Medical devices that are implanted into bodies (including but not limited to defibrillators, surgical mesh, and artificial joints) often go untested.
The metal-on-metal hip replacements that have caused such a catastrophe for so many U.S. patients have been banned in the U.K., according to the Daily Telegraph. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are always risks associated with hip replacements, and metal on metal (MoM) hip replacements carry additional risks unique to MoM hip implants.
A decade ago, Medicare experienced an expansion to make it easier for people to get the drugs that they need. In fact, Congress decided to increase funding to Medicare by billions of dollars to reach this goal. But it is possible that the fix worked too well.
Many families are still feeling the effects of a bad steroid shot that was administered to people in northern Indiana and the Chicago-land area. According to a USA Today article, “as many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak,” but it wasn’t, and still isn’t, clear just how many people are in danger.
The firm is currently undergoing an investigation of Zoloft birth defect lawsuits for the families who had a child born with congenital abnormality that is allegedly associated with their mother’s use of Zoloft during her pregnancy.