Archive for August, 2013

Intrauterine devices have a tragic history in U.S.

Intrauterine devices (IUD) used to prevent pregnancy have had a tragic history in the United States dating back to the 1970s. Defective models such as the “Shield” led to illness, ectopic pregnancy and even death in nearly 200,000 women since the birth control devices were introduced.

Read more about IUD complications…

Biomet ordered to pay $2.7 million to surgeon who developed products

A jury has ordered Biomet Inc. to pay $2.7 million to a spine surgeon who developed products for the company. The doctor alleged that Biomet breached its contract when it stopped paying him for the devices he created for the company.

Read more about the BioMet lawsuit…

More women join fight against transvaginal mesh

More women have joined the fight against manufacturers who produced transvaginal mesh. An Australian class action transvaginal mesh lawsuit against five U.S.-based mesh manufacturers has allowed more women to speak out about severe complications caused by their transvaginal mesh patch.

Read more about the Australian class action transvaginal mesh lawsuit…

Stryker wins patent lawsuit amid patient hip claims

Stryker Corporation, manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacements, has won $228 million from Zimmer Holdings after a judge determined Zimmer violated Stryker’s surgical patent. The lawsuit came amid claims that Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements caused patients significant injuries.

Read more about Stryker hip replacement complications…

Infuse may not be that beneficial, studies find

Two scientific studies have found that the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft may increase risks and not be any more beneficial than current procedures. Both studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and found that the Infuse Bone Graft did not improve pain or function, but did pose additional risks, including cancer.

Read more about Infuse Bone Graft side effects…

C.R. Bard ordered to pay $2 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Jurors in one of the first transvaginal mesh lawsuits ordered C.R. Bard to pay $2 million to Donna Cisson, who suffered injuries from the company’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh device. Jurors in Charleston, West Virginia found C.R. Bard liable for her transvaginal mesh injuries after deliberating for about 12 hours over two days. The jury awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages for Cisson’s injuries plus $1.75 million in punitive damages.

Read more about the transvaginal mesh implant lawsuit…

Fresenius employee allegedly lied to FDA, hid data

A Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) employee lied to the Food and Drug Administration and hid data, according to an FDA warning letter sent earlier in the month. According to the letter, one FMC employee tried to hide test results by shoving them into his pocket in front of FDA investigators.

Read more about the FDA warning letter to Fresenius…

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