Medical products and devices are meant to help people live longer, healthier lives. Unfortunately, when these devices are defective, they often have the opposite effect. The FDA is not a fool-proof safety system. Numerous unsafe or untested medical devices and prescription drugs get through the system without ever being caught or questioned—until it’s too late. The FDA does not independently test products but instead relies on manufacturer testing only.
The problem is, manufacturers are generally more concerned with profit over the product and even pay exorbitant consulting fees to FDA advisory panel members. Due to the following, defective medical devices make their way onto the consumer market all too often. The impact of this is both far-reaching and devastating:
- Improper trials and testing
- Manufacturing mistakes
- Profits-focused pharmaceutical industry
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Understanding Your Defective Medical Device Case
Currently, there are thousands of medical products and devices available to consumers. According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), there are about 1,800 different types of medical devices! Every medical device must be approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it can be marketed, sold, and used.
However, despite strict safety standards and testing, many defective medical devices still make it onto the marketplace and into healthcare facilities. This often occurs as a result of:
- Improper testing
- Small sample size
- Insufficient review
- Failure to take into account real-life situations
Additionally, many doctors and physicians prescribe drugs or medical devices for unapproved uses. This can lead to serious negative consequences.
Examples of types of medical devices that are commonly defective or that have had recalls or been involved in largescale litigation include:
- Metal on metal hip implants/replacements
- Depuy ASR hip implants
- Certain birth control products, including the Mirena IUD
- Transvaginal mesh products
- Hernia mesh
- Zimmer Persona knee implants
- IVC filters
- The 3M Bair Hugger
- da Vinci Surgical Robots
- Insulin pumps
- Heart stents and implantable heart devices
This list is by no means comprehensive. There are countless other types of medical devices and drugs that can be and often are defective. If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed as a result of a defective medical device, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.
Our Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Team Is Committed to You
Our experienced Virginia defective medical device lawyers work as a team to create the most compelling case possible on your behalf. As a boutique firm, we only take on injury claims so that we can devote an extensive, focused amount of time with each and every client. We have won hundreds of millions on behalf of our clients since 1979.
Our thorough process ensures that every case we handle is adequately prepared for trial, should case proceedings move that direction. Our dangerous medical device lawyers are consistently named among the best in Virginia by other attorneys, and we are not afraid to take on large pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers. We have established an extensive track record of success and are passionate about helping our clients secure their futures. Reach out to our Virginia Beach or Richmond office to request a free and confidential consultation today.
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