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.
A report published earlier this month by Stericycle Expert Solutions, a U.S. company that manages product recalls, highlighted how problems with software resulted in a significant number of recalls of medical devices during the final three months of 2018. This reason mirrors what has been recorded during previous quarters by the company in their "recall index".
On Nov. 26, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they plan to overhaul the vetting system that has been used to approve medical devices for release on the market for the past few decades. The action comes on the heels of reports showing how many previously approved devices have caused consumer injuries.
Doctors commonly insert inferior vena cava (IVC) filters into the body's largest vein in order to reduce a patient's risk of developing a blood clot after suffering an injury or having a surgery performed on them. They're used as an alternative to prescription blood thinners for those at risk for either deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE).
A five-year study carried out by Stericycle Expert Solutions shows alarming trends when it comes to why medical devices are recalled. Researchers found that 25.7 percent of them in the final quarter of 2017 had software flaws that prevented them from functioning as intended. This wasn't a new trend. This had been the leading reason for recalls for seven quarters.
Alere, a company that manufactures various medical devices including diagnostic machines, settled a $33 million dollar claim with the government over claims it sold hospitals unreliable testing devices. As a result, the hospitals ended up submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare.
Nowadays, doctors aren't always the ones with their hands on the scapel cutting into your body during a surgery, but instead, it's a robot guided by a doctor in another room, city or state instead. This leads many patients to wonder what avenues they can pursue if an autonomous robotic surgical device malfunctions, botches a surgery or otherwise maims or kills them.
If you have suffered from a hernia, you may need surgery to correct the issue. Knowing you need surgery may make you apprehensive, even while you look forward to experiencing relief from your pain and other complications. Unfortunately, if your surgeon uses hernia mesh as part of your operation, you could face further complications.
A lawsuit was filed on Nov. 7 on behalf of 25 patients who had ceramic-coated B. Braun artificial knees implanted. In the filing, the plaintiffs accuse the medical device manufacturer of deliberately concealing the long track record of failures the product had when marketing it to surgeons.
New complaints have emerged against a North Texas spine surgeon accused of having left several patients of his either permanently disabled or dead. According to lawsuits that have been filed against him so far, some of the patients' injuries may be related to doctor's use of titanium surgical devices made in-house.