Medical device recalls can happen for a variety of reasons. Although some manufacturers voluntarily recall their products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often has to issue an order to remove the item from circulation or use.
Pacemakers are supposed to be reliable, life-saving devices. Sometimes, things do not work out that way. Doctors have long looked to pacemakers to help regulate patients' irregular heartbeats and prevent strokes and heart attacks. Doctors often equip patients with pacemakers to minimize their risk of future cardiovascular deterioration. These medical devices usually keep very sick patients alive. They can't afford for them to fail.
Countless individuals undergo bone grafts here in the United States every year. While many of the procedures go well, there are a select few that don't, and patients are left worse off than they initially were.
Breast implants remain one of the most popular forms of elective surgery in the United States despite the many health-related concerns that have emerged regarding them in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.