Defective Product

Injuries, Deaths, and IVC Filter Lawsuits Prompt Investigation

by Staff Blogger | October 6th, 2015

Companies that manufacture medical devices are required by law to ensure the safety and proper function of their products. However, an investigation has shown that C.R. Bard, Inc.—a medical device manufacturer—may have known about risks that its Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter posed to patients without taking corrective action.

An IVC filter is a small spider-like medical device inserted into the largest vein in the body to prevent blood clots from making their way to the heart and lungs. At least 27 deaths and hundreds of injuries have now been associated with the use of the IVC filter made by C.R. Bard, Inc. A number of IVC filter lawsuits have led to an investigation into how the C.R. Bard, Inc. Recovery IVC filter made it’s way onto the market in spite of serious safety concerns.

NBC News reports that the company hired a consultant to help get the Recovery IVC filter approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after a failed initial attempt. The consultant explains she voiced concerns over the safety of the device and refused to sign the applications for the device to seek approval. Documents show the consultant’s signature on those documents, though.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe in protecting the health and safety of medical patients, and our defective medical device lawyers are hopeful the discovery of C.R. Bard’s potentially negligent handling of the Recovery filter’s approval process can result in action towards creating accountability among medical device manufacturers.

Defective medical device used in eye surgery recalled

by fpw | January 8th, 2009

January 8, 2009

The FDA reported that a defective medical device that was used to perform eye surgery has been recalled.

Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. recalled its product Healon D due to reports of defective medical device injuries following use of the product during eye surgery.

The defective medical device Healon D is an ophthalmic viscosurgical device which maintains space in the eye during eye surgery.

Patients reported defective medical device injuries such as inflammation and Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome.

Texas patients who had eye surgery using Healon D could be victims of Texas defective medical device injuries.

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The Texas defective product lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help if you have been injured by a defective medical device.

HeartMate II product may cause medical device injuries

by fpw | November 6th, 2008

November 6, 2008

Thorteca Corporation has issued a warning regarding the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Systems (HM II LVAS) with Catalogue No. 1355 or 102139, due to the risk of defective medical device injuries.

The device’s percutaneous lead which connects the device to the systems controller could wear overtime and cause interruption in the pump function, further causing serious injuries or death due to defective medical devices.

The devices responsible for the possible defective medical device injuries were distributed to 153 hospitals and distributors in the United States.

Texas patients who had the devices used on them in Texas hospitals could experience Texas defective medical device injuries if the devices are not properly replaced.

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The defective product attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help if you have been injured in an accident

KFC recalls dessert due to potential defective product injury to allergy sufferers

by fpw | April 24th, 2008

April 24, 2008

The FDA reported that Kentucky Fried Chicken has recalled one its desserts due to mislabeling and the risk for defective product injury to patients who suffer from food allergies.

KFC’s Double Chocolate Chip Cakes have been nationally recalled for potential defective product injuries because the product may contain amounts of egg, wheat, milk, and soy ingredients, as well as tree nuts, and the products are not individually labeled with ingredients listed to help people with food allergies avoid the ingredients.

People with allergies to these products could suffer severe or life-threatening illnesses if they consume the cakes.

One defective product injury, an allergic reaction, has been reported because of the KFC dessert.

Products without proper ingredients listing could cause Texas defective product injuries.

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Artificial turf on playgrounds, sports fields under investigation for defective product injuries

by fpw | April 22nd, 2008

April 22, 2008

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating artificial turf on playgrounds and sports fields due to the potential for defective product injuries, the New Jersey Health Department reported.

The artificial turf could contain high levels of lead and that athletes and children could swallow the dust from the turf and suffer potential defective product injuries.

Artificial turf on playgrounds and sports fields is currently under investigation for lead toxicity because of the pigment containing lead chromate that is used in the production of some turfs.

Artificial turf containing high levels of lead could be a potential risk for Texas defective product injuries.

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“Natural Supplements” may cause defective product injuries

by fpw | April 18th, 2008

April 17, 2008

The FDA reported that it has seized $100, 000 worth of Shangai Regular, Shangai Ultra, Super Shangai, Naturalë Super Plus, and Lady Shangai, which are labeled as natural supplements but may cause defective product injuries.

These drugs claim to treat erectile dysfunction, impotency, or to provide sexual enhancement, but they contain ingredients that are not listed on their labels and may interact with medications patients may already be taking, causing potential risks for defective product injuries.

The drugs could interact with other medications and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, resulting in defective product injuries.

These products labeled as “natural supplements” could cause potential Texas defective product injuries.

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Recalled cereal could be the cause of defective product injuries in 14 states

by fpw | April 15th, 2008

April 15, 2008

The FDA reported that 23 salmonella cases in 14 states may be defective product injuries linked to recalled unsweetened Puffed Rice and unsweetened Puffed Wheat cereal from Malt-o-Meals.

The cereals responsible for the defective product injuries, including salmonella, were sold under the brand name Malt-o-Meal and other private label names, and they are marked with expiration dates of “APR0808” and “MAR1809” .

The FDA recommends that consumers dispose of the products with potential risk of defective product injuries. Stores should immediately pull these items from their shelves.

These cereals could be responsible for Texas defective product injuries.

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Beer recalled due to glass in bottles and potential risk for defective product injuries

by fpw | April 10th, 2008

April 10, 2008

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is allowing the Boston Beer Company to recall from distributors bottles of Samuel Adams beer that contains particles of glass due to the potential risk for defective product injuries.

All 12-ounce glass Samuel Adams products except Triple Bock and Utopia are affected by the recall because the beverages contain small bits of glass that could cause defective product injury to consumers.

Grains of glass in beverage bottles could cause potential Texas defective product injuries.

The bottles affected by the recall due to possible defective product injury can be identified by coding on the bottles.

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Dole recalls cantaloupes amid salmonella defective product injuries

by fpw | April 1st, 2008

April 1, 2008

The Associated Press reports that Dole Fresh Fruit Company is joining other firms in recalling cantaloupes grown, packed, and shipped by a Honduran grower amid reports of defective product injuries, including salmonella.

Dozens of cases of defective product injuries resulting in salmonella have been reported after consumption of cantaloupes from a Honduran provider.

14 of the defective product injuries resulted in hospitalizations.

Dole joins Chiquita and Simply Fresh fruit providers in recalling cantaloupes that could be responsible for defective product injuries.

Contaminated cantaloupes could cause Texas defective product injuries.

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Blue Steel and Hero products may cause defective product injuries

by fpw | March 27th, 2008

March 27, 2008

The FDA reported that diet products labeled “Blue Steel” and “Hero” may cause defective product injuries, including dangerous affects on blood pressure.

These products are marketed as diet products but may have undeclared ingredients, have not been proven safe or effective by the FDA, and may cause defective product injuries.

The undeclared ingredients may interact with some prescription medications, possibly lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels, and causing defective product injuries.

These unapproved diet products could cause Texas defective product injuries.

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