Medical devices are generally intended to improve health impairments and people’s quality of life. Unfortunately, however, some medical devices are not as safe, effective or durable as they may seem. While this can be the result of design flaws or manufacturing errors, it may also stem from:
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Over recent years, various medical devices have been associated with reports of adverse side effects and serious health complications. Just some of these include:
• IVC blood clot filters – Intended to prevent blood clots from entering the lungs, IVC filters, which are small metal cages, have been reported to break apart while implanted, causing organ perforation, internal bleeding and other serious injuries. In May 2014, the FDA issued a safety communication recommending that these devices be removed from patients within 29 to 54 days of implantation to limit the risks and potential for harm to patients.1
• Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants – Implanted to improve mobility, MoM hip implants have been linked to high rates of failure, as well as to an elevated risk of metallosis (i.e., accumulating excessive levels of metals in the bloodstream). In April 2015, the FDA issued a safety communication about MoM hip implants, alerting the public that these devices have “unique risks” and that patients with these devices should “pay close attention to changes in their general health.”2
• Mirena interuterine devices (IUDs) – These T-shaped contraceptive devices, which can reportedly prevent pregnancy for up to five years, have been linked to organ perforations. In December 2008, the FDA sent Bayer (the maker of Mirena) a warning letter, alleging that the company had misrepresented the effectiveness and risks associated with Mirena IUDs.3
• Power morcellators – Used in hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids, power morcellators have been reported to spread cancerous cells through the abdominal cavity. In November 2014, the FDA issued a safety warning about power morcellators, alerting the public that these devices should not be used to remove uterine tissues “in the vast majority of women” due to the “risk of spreading unsuspected cancer.”4
• Transvaginal mesh (TVM) and bladder slings – Used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, TVM and bladder slings have been linked to a number of serious side effects, such as organ perforation, mesh erosion through surrounding tissues and serious infections. The FDA has issued a number of warnings about TVM and bladder slings, the most recent of which came in January 2016 when regulators announced that they were reclassifying these devices as “high-risk” class III devices (rather than “moderate-risk” class II devices).5
When these or any medical device causes serious (or fatal) health complications, the device manufacturers (and possibly others) can be accountable for compensating victims.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective or dangerous medical device, contact Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Richard Langerman for experienced help seeking compensation and justice.
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1: May 2014 FDA safety communication regarding IVC filters
2: April 2015 FDA safety communication regarding MoM hip implants
3: FDA warning letter sent to Bayer in December 2008 regarding Mirena risks
4: November 2014 FDA warning regarding power morcellators
5: January 2016 FDA safety announcement regarding the reclassification of transvaginal mesh as high-risk devices