Last year was marked by a significant number of medical device recalls, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The number of recalled units in 2019 was higher than its been during the previous four years. Technological failures can be blamed for many of the medical devices recalls that happened in 2019.
FDA data shows that there were some 50 medical devices recalled in 2019. There were recalls for at least 32 devices in both 2017 and 2018. There were 39 in 2016, 32 in 2015, and an alarming 60 in 2014.
What is Causing Increased Medical Device Recalls?
Many industry analysts believe that computer technology problems could be causing a lot of these recalls to happen.
Federal regulators only gained the ability to start tracking problems with devices in 2018. Up until then, there was no organized way to do so. It was in 2018 that the Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) program was instituted.
Virtually all medical devices are assigned unique codes as part of this program. This allows regulators a better way to track which units have problems to be more proactive in warning others about them.
Types of Medical Devices
There are many types of medical devices on the market. Breast implants, hip and knee replacement parts, and pacemakers are just some of the many units that doctors implant in patients every day here in the United States.
While many patients go on to lead healthier and more productive lives due to them being implanted with these devices, there are those rare few that have adverse reactions to them. An attorney can review the details of your case and advise you whether you may be able to sue its manufacturer for putting consumers at risk. Our Houston defective medical device team is here to help. Call today for a free consultation.