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  • FDA Warns of Exploding Medical Carts

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to hospitals and healthcare providers about dangerous medical carts that can catch on fire and explode. Nearly every hospital and medical facility uses battery-powered mobile medical carts which are used to dispense medication, ultrasound machines, and other medical equipment. If not properly maintained, the lithium or lead acid ...
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  • St. Jude Heart Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

    Although shareholders of St. Jude Medical Inc. (STJ) recently approved a $25 billion merger between the company and Abbot Laboratories (ABT), the medical device manufacturer is still facing considerable backlash over accusations that its cardiac implants can potentially be hacked. The issue was first brought to light in August 2016 when short seller Carson Block of Muddy Waters LLC issued a ...
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  • 12 Hospitals Cited by FDA for Failing to Report Medical Device Safety Issues

    According to an article recently published by NPR , The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that several major hospitals throughout the country are failing to accurately report patient deaths or injuries related to defective medical devices . As revealed in the FDA’s most recent hospital inspection report, reporting lapses were found in 12 hospitals surveyed throughout the country, ...
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  • New American Medical Study Concludes IVC Filters Have No Benefits

    Retrievable IVC filters have recently been the center of numerous lawsuits for causing painful and often fatal side effects in patients. Adding insult to injury, so to speak, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has recently published a study that concluded IVC filters bring no measurable benefits even when they are fully functional. (You can view a summary of their study by ...
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  • Recent Study Discovers That Asbestos Fibers Can Move Through Soil

    After the dangers of asbestos could no longer be denied by its manufacturers, disposal of discarded asbestos-based products or supplies often included burying it underground. Since mesothelioma is the most prevalent side-effect of asbestos exposure, and it is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, it was believed that piling feet of dirt, soil, and sand atop it would prevent it from causing further ...
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  • Olympus Medical Scopes May Have Caused Dozens of Patient Deaths

    Olympus Corporation of Japan (Olympus) is at the center of an ongoing investigation and will likely be targeted by a series of lawsuits due to tainted or infected duodenoscopes it manufactured. The infected duodenoscopes are thought to be the cause of at least 35 patient deaths in 2013. A duodenoscope is a tube-like medical device that is inserted into a patient’s mouth and snaked down to the ...
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  • Recent News on Essure Lawsuits, August 2016

    Although the birth control device Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, the relative safety of the device is still under scrutiny. A noticeable percentage of women who have used Essure will develop some sort of negative symptom. In some cases, the consequence is a rash or hives caused by a nickel allergy; in others, it may cause vaginal bleeding or perforation that ...
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  • The FDA Updates IVC Filter Health Risk Warning

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have drawn heavy criticism and numerous lawsuits by patients who claim to have incurred injuries due device failure, manufacturer negligence, defective design, and misrepresentation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its communication warning of these potential health risks and has stated that IVC filters should generally not be kept in use ...
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  • More Talcum Powder Lawsuits On the Horizon

    In early 2016, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by an Alabama court to pay $72 million in compensation to plaintiffs who claimed that a family member had died of ovarian cancer caused by her regular use of the company’s talcum powder products . A few months later, the company once again lost a similar lawsuit, which cited the same grounds, in South Dakota, resulting in a ...
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  • Children Return to School After Asbestos Found in Ceiling

    Two years ago, several schools in or near Huntington Beach, California were closed up for renovations after it was discovered that building materials in the ceiling contained dangerous asbestos . More than a thousand students and their families were affected by the shutdown, displacing them to adjacent school districts, and requiring many to travel close to 20 miles in the morning just to get to ...
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  • What You Should Know About Laparoscopic Power Morcellators

    Laparoscopic power morcellators have garnered a negative reputation in recent years as being far more dangerous than they are useful. But why? What do morcellators do that has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) worried and doctors across the country extremely hesitant to even get near one of the devices? To get to the bottom of the issue, there are a few frequently asked questions about power ...
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  • State Pharmacy Board Director Fired After Meningitis Outbreak

    Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy director James Coffey was recently fired after a failing to provide enough pharmacy oversight before the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened hundreds and killed around 30. Officials say that Coffey failed to disclose a complaint against the New England Compounding Center (NECC) from Colorado. The complaint was filed this past July by the Colorado ...
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