Modern advances in medical device technology have allowed millions of people to resume normal lives after a debilitating disease or injury. These products are used in thousands of applications each year, from hip and knee replacement to birth control and smoking cessation.
Most medical devices are highly advanced, thoroughly tested before introduction to market, and safe for patients. However, some manufacturers have taken shortcuts in design or safety testing which have led to serious injury or death from side effects.
In many cases, patients injured by defective medical devices weren’t warned of the most dangerous side effects by the manufacturer.
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In recent years, alerts or recalls have been issued for several hip implants, contraceptive rings, IUDs and knee implants for potentially severe side effects.
The vaginal ring contraceptive NuvaRing, which is used by millions as an alternative to pills, has been linked to increased risks of blood clots, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT.
In 2012, Stryker Orthopedics issued a recall of its Rejuvenate & ABG hip implant devices after studies showed the wear of metal components could release toxic metal shavings into the body.
The Mirena IUD contraceptive is one of the most effective on the market. However, it has been linked to thousands of dislocation and uterine perforation injuries. The maker of the product, Bayer, now faces thousands of lawsuits from those affected.
The DePuy ASR Hip Implants, which were heralded as a technological breakthrough in durable hip replacement, were recalled in 2010 by Johnson & Johnson and the FDA after studies found that these devices could also release harmful metal shavings and cause metallic poisoning.
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