April 17th, 2015|
Scientists, doctors, and medical professionals are always looking for new and better ways to perform medical procedures. But sometimes advancements that are made in the field of medicine end up doing patients more harm than good.
The power morcellator is a prime example of an advancement in technology that eventually ends up being a defective medical device.
Before the device was on the market, women undergoing hysterectomies, myomectomies, and fibriod removal surgeries had to have large incisions made in their bodies in order to remove organs and tissues. With the power morcellator though, doctors were able to grind those organs and tissues to a size where they could be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, reducing both bleeding and recovery time.
The problem is, when the device is used to grind tissue, it can release dormant cancerous cells into the body where they can then spread and metastasize.
The discovery of the health risk has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise doctors and medical professionals to consider finding an alternative to using a power morcellator on a patient. An article from The Wall Street Journal says some of the nation’s largest insurers are also encouraging medical professionals to find alternative methods to performing certain medical procedures.
If you’ve been harmed as the result of undergoing a medical procedure utilizing a power morcellator, the Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that you may be entitled to compensation. The process of applying for such an award can be quite complex though, so it may be wise to have legal representation by your side. Give us a call at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your rights with our legal staff.
April 15th, 2015|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tasked with the job of regulating which medical devices are made available on the market; however, some feel as though better policies and more thorough safety inspections could help reduce defective medical device numbers in the U.S.
Two experts in medical device safety, former FDA deputy commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, and cardiology professor at the University of California at San Francisco, Rita Redberg, recently sat down and discussed what can be done to reduce injuries and fatalities that are caused by faulty medical devices with The Wall Street Journal. They both tend to agree that the current methods being utilized to ensure medical device safety could be improved.
Gottlieb stated he felt the FDA was taking too much of a “uniform” approach to determining the safety of medical devices by trying to create broad safety standards for all devices. Redberg pointed out these broad standards have numerous loopholes that allow dangerous devices to make their way onto the market.
Redberg then goes on to say she feels public device registries where issues and problems can be tracked in real time is one of the best solutions she’s heard of to improve the safety of medical devices in the U.S.
Even with safety improvements, it’s clear that a small percentage of unsafe medical devices will always find their way on to the market and our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers want you to know help is available if you or a loved one have been the victim of such an accident. Feel free to call us anytime at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your case with our legal staff today.
June 6th, 2012|
June 6, 2012
While many Americans rely on corrective contact lenses to see, some are unaware of the potential health risks that a certain brand of the product may present to users. According to an article released by MSNBC News, 110 people have suffered chemical burns to their eyes after using Clear Care contact lens solution, made by Ciba Vision.
The solution contains a mixture of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide used to clean the lenses, which when put in the eye can cause stinging and burning that results in injuries, such as corneal ulcerations. The solution is sold with a special case that neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide after about 6 hours, but the product is sold next to multi-propose saline solution, and experts argue the packaging does not contain enough warning labels.
The makers of the product and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration contend, despite estimates of those affected by the product reaching the thousands that the product is safe and the warning labels are sufficient. The company has altered the label several times in recent years to highlight the warnings of only using the product with its special case and never putting the product directly into the eye.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin highly suggest reading through a product’s warning labels before beginning use in order to prevent an Indiana Drug Injury, such as the one thousands of unknowing contact wearers have suffered.