Last year, Stryker-owned Howmedica Osteonics Corp. recalled more than 40,000 of its popular hip replacement implants from the market due to defects in the LFit femoral head that can cause devices to fail, break, or shed metal debris in patients.
However, this is only the latest in a string of recalls by the company of their hip devices for similar problems, and they have already paid more than $1 billion in compensation to those injured.
The shocking reports out last month linking breast implants to a rare form of cancer caught many of us by surprise. After all, with nearly 300,000 women undergoing breast augmentation each year, most of us know someone who’s had an implant procedure.
Anytime a risk of cancer is involved, it should get our full attention. But, as we dig deeper into this latest health alert, we find it isn’t necessarily new and may not pose as great a risk as has been portrayed by the headlines. And, those injured may have legal options.
If you or a loved one are among the more than 250,000 people who undergo heart surgery each year, chances are doctors used a device called a surgical heater-cooler to maintain blood temperature at a constant bodily level during the procedure.
Recently, the FDA and CDC warned that the surgical heater brand used in most heart surgeries each year, the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler, could subject patients to deadly internal infections.
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.
DrugNews provides the latest research, warnings, FDA recalls and legal news to those who use popular drugs or medical devices. Informed patients can compare their side effects with others and determine questions for their doctor. In addition, we can help those affected learn more about their legal options or speak with a qualified lawyer.
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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.
DrugNews can help you navigate the challenging process of filing a claim for your drug or medical device injury. Lawyers are available to talk for free today.