Product Liability Attorneys

Cybersecurity Risks Present New Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturers

by Staff Blogger | August 18th, 2015

Many manufacturers of medical devices now design products that can be integrated with wireless technology. While this can be convenient for sending and receiving data, the defective medical device lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain this technology may also compromise the safety and security of the device.

For example, infusion pumps deliver small amounts of medication to patients over an extended period of time. The amount of drug being delivered can be altered wirelessly in certain units, which may present serious safety risks if a unit is ever hacked.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Symbiq Infusion System. This prompted the agency to instruct facilities using the devices to switch to alternative infusion pump systems immediately. The FDA also offered tips on how to safely make the transition to another system.

While no injuries or deaths have been reported , not all problems with defective medical products are discovered before an incident occurs.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand the risks defective medical products pose to patients, and we are hopeful the warnings issued regarding the Symbiq Infusion System can prevent patients from serious harm.

 

Ruling Could Have Significant Impact on Drug Injury Cases

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2014

Generic medications can be an affordable way to get the drugs you need, but loose regulations regarding their manufacturing can put users at risk of harm.

While brand name drug makers must abide to strict standards related to the amount of ingredients they use, generic drug manufacturers have much more lenient rules. Despite these differences, generic drug makers cannot be held liable for the harm their products cause. Only brand name drug makers can be held responsible for drug injuries.

birth control drug injury ruling recently handed down by the Alabama Supreme Court further supported this position. The decision stated generic drug manufacturers are not only free of liability for harm their products cause and set a precedent that brand name drug makers could face responsibility for injuries caused by generic products similar to their own.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the ruling has stirred quite a bit of controversy and could have a significant impact on the way companies who manufacture medications do business.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys have seen the devastating effects that can come from unsafe drugs on the market, and we’re here to help you if you’ve suffered severe side effects from a drug.