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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.

Power Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits Bring Up Liability Questions

by Staff Blogger | August 4th, 2015

Technological advances in the field of medical devices has led to the development of safer and more efficient procedures, but some of these devices may be putting patients’ health in jeopardy.

Hundreds of power morcellator cancer lawsuits were filed after patients developed cancer after undergoing procedures utilizing the devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that women with uterine fibroids have a 1-in-350 chance of carrying cancerous cells. When the morcellator is used to remove fibroids, these cancerous cells can be released into the body where they can metastasize in a very short period of time. The FDA has called for tighter restrictions on the device, and many patients who developed cancer are now seeking compensation.

So, who is responsible for covering the expenses associated with power morcellator cancer? Is the manufacturer of the device to blame? Is the FDA responsible for failing to warn the public about the dangers of the device, or should the doctor who used the device be considered at fault?

One Texas lawmaker stated in the Dallas Observer that the doctor should be held liable. Still others say the manufacturer should have conducted further testing to ensure patient safety.

A petition was started calling for the lawmaker to explain his stance.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our defective product lawyers are hopeful this debate can be useful in determining who is to blame for the hundreds of injuries associated with power morcellators.

Tiger Paw System II Recalled Due to Risk of Heart Tissue Tears and Serious Bleeding

by Staff Blogger | May 26th, 2015

The Tiger Paw System II is a medical device used during open-heart surgery that is manufactured by Maquet Medical Systems. The device is used to obstruct the left atrial appendage during the procedure. But numerous reports of the Tiger Paw System II causing patients serious injury have surfaced recently, and the device is being recalled and added to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of defective medical products.

The Tiger Paw System II can tear the atrial appendage during open-heart surgery, which can lead serious bleeding. According to an FDA press release, these bleeding events have resulted in 51 reports of adverse health events and one fatality.

Facilities that use the Tiger Paw System II have been instructed to examine their inventory of devices to see if any are included in the recall. Any affected products should be removed from inventory, quarantined, and sent back to the manufacturer along with a completed recall form.

Anyone who has been harmed by the device during a surgical procedure should contact their surgeon and FDA officials to report the issue.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our personal injury lawyers are here to help protect the rights of defective medical device injury victims. If you believe you were injured by the Tiger Paw System II, contact us today.

What Causes Drug and Defective Medical Device Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2014

As Americans, many of us are lucky to have access to some of the best drugs and medical devices in the world. Unfortunately, these items sometimes fail to work as intended, which can lead to drug or defective medical device injuries.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain some of the most regularly reported issues stem from:

  • Manufacturing Errors– Sometimes medications can be mixed with the wrong amount of ingredient or in some cases—the wrong ingredient altogether. On the other hand, medical devices may have flaws that weren’t caught during assembly or safety testing.
  • Contamination– Last year, a batch of steroid injections that contained a fungal mold led to a massive outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens and sickened hundreds. Also. if medical devices aren’t sterile when they are implanted, infections can easily occur.
  • Lack of Safety Testing– The law allows medical devices and drugs to be approved without testing if they can be shown to have similar effects as drugs or products that have already been approved. Too often, the items that make it to the market this way harm consumers.

If you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, you may have questions about your legal rights. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to help you get the answers you need. To learn more, call us at (800) 210-8503.