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Hold your medical device manufacturer accountable!

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 much of the medical device recalls that happened in 2019.

Johnson & Johnson must pay $340 million to pelvic mesh patients

A San Diego judge ordered the health care company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay a staggering $340 million to the state for false or misleading advertising. The judge pointed that he believes that the J&J's subsidiary Ethicon purposefully neglected to warn both doctors and consumers of the dangers that the company's pelvic mesh product posed when announcing his ruling.

What are some signs that your medical device is failing you?

Millions of Americans have been fitted with medical devices over the past few decades, including heart defibrillators, artificial joints and surgical mesh. Sadly many of these life-saving products have garnered less attention for how they can save a patient's life and more attention for how they make take it. You should remain vigilant for signs that you have a defective medical implant yourself.

A new app aims to better inform medical device owners of recalls

When a recall gets issued for food, toys, consumer electronics or other consumer items, you'll often hear it announced on the nightly news. Sadly, there isn't the same degree of proactiveness among media outlets in getting the word out about medical device recalls. A smartphone app that has recently been released on the market may make it easier for consumers to become aware of device recalls though.

Medtronic insulin pumps recalled for cybersecurity flaws

On June 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of various Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps. It was discovered that they have the potential to be hacked. The recall includes the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm and Medtronic MiniMed 508 insulin pumps.

3M Dual-Sided Combat Earplugs Lawsuit: "A Resounding Victory Against Manufacturer's Earplugs Causing Hearing Loss."

Loud noises and the military go hand in hand. Whether coming from zooming airplanes, the constant crackling of firing weapons, or the persistent humming of large engines powering battleships, the men and women in the armed forces are under siege by the constant bombardment of noise. To protect service members from irreparable hearing loss, military officials require hearing protection around environments that produce deafening noises.

A circular surgical stapler is recalled after injuring 2 patients

Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of a circular surgical stapler, called Ethicon. The device, which was manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is considered to be a high-risk Class I recall.

Beware of hacking of your Medtronic pacemaker or defibrillator

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to patients that have previously been outfitted with Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. They noted that their wireless communication systems (WCS) can be hacked into by cybercriminals.

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