An Overview of Defective Medical Products

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Medical devices are supposed to save or extend the lives of patients. While they have revolutionized health care, there has been an influx of defective medical products which have resulted to disastrous consequences and numerous product liability claims. Instead of helping the patient, it ended up bringing pain and suffering and not to mention deaths to some of the patients. What makes matters worse is that most of the manufacturers cover up instead of recall the said products.

Statistics have revealed the worrying state of the medical products industry which makes it even more important to hold manufacturers responsible for their failure to care for the well-being of their patients. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration has recalled 63 high risk devices, an alarming 350% increased from 2008. Here we will look at some of the dangerous medical products that has made life more difficult for its users instead of easier.

Metal Hip and Knee Replacements

Implants are designed to replace the ball and socket joints of the hip. They generally consist of an artificial ball that fits inside a cup. Metal hip replacements are supposed to be more durable than the ceramic and plastic ones. However, most of the patients revealed that the implants have flawed designs that caused them to fail after only a few years. Aside from that, the implants also allegedly released toxic metals into the body forcing the patients to undergo a painful and costly second surgery to replace the flawed implants.

Risperdal

Risperdal is more popularly known by the name of its active ingredient risperidone, an anti-pyschotic disorder designed for treating symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, doctors have unfortunately prescribed the medication for unapproved uses. As a result, they have experienced serious side effects including gynecomastia, characterized by breast enlargement in males. The FDA has issued various warnings associated with the drugs but the manufacturers promoted it for its unapproved use.

IVC Blood Clot Filters

IVC filters are designed for patients who are at risk of developing blood clots due to trauma resulting from an accident or other medical events. They are surgically inserted at the inferior vena cava and are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. However, Bard G2 IVC lawsuit attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. reported that some IVC filters caused punctured tissues and organs. The first IVC device caused 27 deaths and hundreds of non-fatal complications.

Power Morcellators

Power morcellators are designed to remove uterine fibroids and perform hysterectomies. It works by chopping off large chunks of tissues and removing them through a small abdominal incision. While it helps reduce recovery time, power morcellators have also been linked to the spread of uterine cancer. The FDA has issued warnings about these devices in 2014.

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