Since the blood thinner Pradaxa burst onto the scene in 2010, experts have debated whether the drug is safer or riskier than stalwart Coumadin, even as thousands of patients have died or been hospitalized due to internal bleeding.
In 2014, faced with more than 4,000 patient lawsuits, Pradaxa maker Boehringer Ingelheim decided to pay $650 million to settle cases rather than face charges in a public court of law. And, by all accounts, the company thought that was the last of the Pradaxa lawsuits.
Last week, DrugNews reported on a warning issued by Stryker Orthopedics for its LFit V40 femoral head used on several models of its hip replacement implants. Although the warning was sent only to doctors, experts believe the safety risks could result in a worldwide recall.
Now, Canada’s top health authority has issued a formal recall of these hip implant components, citing a higher-than-normal number of patient injuries.
Stryker Orthopedics, a market leader in hip and knee replacement implants, has sold millions of devices in recent decades. However, they have also recalled several of those implants due to serious health risks, with at least four recalls issued since 2009.
This summer, Stryker took the first step toward what many believe may be their latest hip recall when they issued a private letter to doctors warning of risks with their LFit V40 femoral head, which is used on several hip replacement models.
Millions of patients use prescription drugs or medical devices every day, trusting that these products are safe and have been properly tested. Sadly, this is not always the case. Thousands of families are affected by drug injury or death each year.
Many consumers don’t know that pharmaceutical companies and the FDA do not disclose all drug side effects or independent research of the safety of these products. They also may not know that millions of dollars are awarded each year to help those injured.
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Thousands of prescription drugs have been linked to side effects, but some of these are so severe they lead to recalls or restricted use. Learn if your medicine is included.
In recent years the FDA and manufacturers have recalled several popular medical implants or surgical devices due to a heightened risk of injury or death.
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