October 7th, 2014|
Most of us are aware of the importance of cybersecurity—we protect our accounts with passwords and questions that are ensured to allow only those with permission to access our private data. But while we protect our homes, phones, and computers from being hacked, the medical devices that some people depend on to stay alive may be able to be compromised.
An article the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out agency officials are acknowledging the health and safety risks associated with security breaches attacking medical devices or the computer systems that run them. Furthermore, they are searching for solutions.
To address this problem, the FDA announced it will hold a workshop in the near future to brainstorm the best ways to improve medical device cybersecurity. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the event include how to create a safe way to share information, as well as what tools will be needed to prevent a security breaches from affecting medical devices.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand the importance of medical devices in thousands of patients’ lives. That’s why our team of defective medical device attorneys is hopeful the upcoming session is able to produce innovative ways to protect the medical devices that help improve our quality of life.
August 26th, 2014|
Medical supply giant, Johnson & Johnson, reached a $2.5 billion settlement with thousands of Americans harmed by defective medical products marketed by the company. Now, payments from the settlement are being made to the victims.
Problems with the DePuy ASR hip implant began were first reported 2010 when patients began to experience premature failures of the devices. Examinations determined friction from the metal-on-metal parts of the device were causing inflammation and pain for patients and also a condition of heavy metal toxicity, known as metallosis.
More than 8,000 hip recall lawsuits were filed in connection with the devices, which means the settlement will an average settlement award of $200,000 to many claimants. Those with extraordinary injuries or conditions can apply for more compensation later.
According to an article from MarketWatch, payments are only being made to claimants who underwent revision surgery prior to Aug. 2013. Claims from those who have not underwent corrective procedures or underwent corrective surgery after Aug. 2013 are still open.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we hope the payments bring a sense of closure to the victims.
April 29th, 2014|
Ask any anesthesiologist about their job and they will likely tell you that the hard part is not putting patients to sleep, it’s getting them to wake back up. That is why Spacelabs Healthcare and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recalling the ARKON anesthesia delivery system with Version 2.0 software due to potentially deadly defects.
According to ARS Technica, the device is used in hospitals across the nation to deliver a mix oxygen, anesthetics, and nitrous oxide to patients during medical procedures. However, it was recently discovered that the software could contain a bug that would cause units to shut down. Such a malfunction in these defective medical devices could result in a patient being seriously injured or killed. This is the second recall of the device announced in the past year.
The discovery leaves many patients wondering what they should do in the event they are harmed as the result of using a faulty medical device. The FDA states that anyone affected by a defective product should report the incident to the agency’s MedWatch system immediately. However, the defective medical device attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage victims to also discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.