IVC Filter Recalled for falling apart
It has been revealed that more than 300,000 individuals who have had an IVC blood filter device fitted from Cordis, Bard and Cook Medical throughout the last 30 years. Some have been injured when using these devices and are now in the process of filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers in the hope of being compensated for these injuries.
Recall of hernia and transvaginal Mesh
The FDA at one point extended the recalling of a hernia mesh patch that Dr. Robert D. Kugel designed and was made by Davol, Inc. The FDA mailed a letter out to the health care community on January 10th, 2007, informing them of the expansion. By now, most of the lawsuits related to these defective products have reached the settlement stage.
Recall of Ethicon Physiomesh
In May 2016 following the recall of Ethicon Physiomesh, Ethicon, a part of Johnson and Johnson, took out of circulation this product that was initially well received for hernia repairs. It was discovered that the product brought on serious side effects resulting in the need for surgical revisions. The mesh design prevented tissue in growth and allowed the product to move when it wasn’t supposed to do leading to the reappearance of the original hernia.
Transvaginal mesh had few benefits
Several years ago an FDA study revealed that the commonly used transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants used for surgery for women to repair two disorders, the first being POP or pelvic organ prolapse while the 2nd was SUI or stress urinary incontinence, could cause permanent injuries to recipients rather than being beneficial. Since this revelation more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed against these product manufacturers resulting in settlements worth hundreds of millions. The companies responsible for manufacturing TVM are the American Medical System, Covidien, Bard, Boston scientific, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson and Coloplast.
Failures of the Depuy Attune knee implant
Recently, the DePuy Attune knee implant has begun to show high failure rates due to the failure of the glue which causes the loosening of the tibial base plate. DePuy still hasn’t yet got around to recalling the product or admitted its failing. Lawsuits are now in the process of being filed. A failure of the knee implant needs surgery to remove and replace the product.
The Bair Hugger surgical body warming devices cause infections
The Bair Hugger is a warming blanket that uses forced air. It is utilized for knee and hip implant surgery. It has been known to cause contamination to the air found in the operating facility so that bacteria becomes present and infects the implanted device. Due to this defect, there are lawsuits, in their hundreds, pending against Bair Hugger from those recipients who were inflicted with serious infections.
Failures of Sorin Mitroflow heart valves
Recently, there has been an increased focus on bioprosthetic valves, which are manufactured by Sorin, based in Milan. Earlier studies revealed that Sorin Mitroflow pericardial valves used as substitutes for diseased heart valves had a higher than usual failure rates. The defects have meant there has been a need for additional heart surgery and have even caused deaths.
Safety issues regarding Essure, a long-lasting birth control method
This contraceptive method has caused injuries to women in their thousands since 2001 when the FDA approved its use. The FDA reporting facility has received 15,000 reports of adverse events since that date. The injuries reported include pain, perforated fallopian tubes, hair loss, fatigue and heavy bleeding and in some cases even death. Some patients have had this device taken out through surgery.
Recall of Zimmer personal trabecular knee Implant
This product had been marketed for not even one month between March and April 2015 when a recall Class 1 was announced.
Granuflo medicine used in dialysis found to cause strokes and heart attacks
GranuFlo dry acid product used as part of a blood cleansing blend commonly used by commercially run hemodialysis clinics.
Recalls for Guidant Medtronic Sprint Fidelis defibrillators
Medtronic stated that from October 4th, 2007, almost 269,000 Sprint Fidelis leads had been implanted globally, including about 172,500 throughout the U.S. Of this 269,000, around 235,000 patients are thought to have these leads still in place. Medtronic announced that lead breakages could be a contributing factor to the deaths of five patients.