The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its list of recalled medical products for 2018. When malfunctioning and dangerous medical products are used by consumers, permanent disabilities can occur. The complete list of recalled medical devices is posted online in the FDA’s Medical Device Recall Database.
Some commonly used medical devices that were recalled in 2018 include:
The FDA relies on clinical testing data provided by the manufacturers of medical products when issuing its initial approvals. Often, this information is incomplete or inadequate, which leads to dangerous products being released into the market. When medical devices malfunction, they can lead to serious physical injuries, such as strokes, internal bleeding, failing organ function, and even death.
FDA recalls are classified by their potential danger to consumers. Class I is assigned to products where there is a reasonable chance the product will cause serious health problems or death. Class II is assigned to products that may potentially cause temporary or reversible health problems or instances where only a slight chance of harm exists. Class III is assigned to products that are unlikely to cause health problems.
Several of the medical products featured on the FDA’s recall list are components of hip replacement surgery. Defective hip replacement component parts can worsen existing injuries and lead to chronic and painful medical conditions resulting in significant medical expenses related to treatment and rehabilitation.
Medical device manufacturers will either correct the problem or remove the product from the market in response to an FDA recall. Corrective actions can range from monitoring patients for potential health issues or notifying consumers of the potential defect to repairing the device free of charge or adjusting the device to work properly. When a defect is widespread or it becomes difficult to determine if an individual device may fail in the future, the entire model or product line may be removed from the market as a potential health risk.
Individuals currently using medical devices face continued risks as additional recalls in 2019 are highly likely. By remaining aware of the possibility of defective products being removed from the market, medical device users can protect themselves from serious physical injury. In cases where a defective medical device causes a serious physical injury, compensation is often available to cover the costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and lost wages. Many injured individuals are also entitled to damages for their pain and suffering. Contacting an experienced Philadelphia medical device lawyer is the first step toward holding the manufacturers, designers, and sellers of defective medical products liable for these injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective medical device, compensation may be available. The experienced Philadelphia medical device lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler are ready to assist you. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 215-569-4000 or contact us online.