How Do Defective Medical Devices End Up on the Market?

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2018

When patients receive medical devices, such as joint replacements or pacemakers, they expect an improvement in their health and a reduction in the severity of related symptoms. But for countless patients every year, medical devices only worsen their health. Some may even experience life-threatening complications.

With so much testing and strict standards for products—especially in the medical field—how is it possible that defective medical devices can be released to the market and used by surgeons, doctors, and other healthcare professionals?

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that the answer often comes down to money. Medical device manufacturers pour millions, if not billions, of dollars into researching and developing their products. Because of those huge initial investments, they’ll do anything to make sure they’re released to market—even if they’re fundamentally flawed due to design errors.

To achieve that, medical device manufacturers may hide certain test or study results that indicate that their devices may pose risks to certain patients. They also may fail to disclose known side effects and complications.

Even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration becomes aware of the dangers associated with some medical devices and issues warnings or recalls, the manufacturers may refuse to pull them from the market while still recommending their usage and implantation in patients.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective medical device, you need an experienced and aggressive defective medical device lawyer on your side. Our legal team isn’t afraid to stand up to billion-dollar medical device manufacturers, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.