Injured By A Defective Medical Device Or Dangerous Drug?

When a medical device company or pharmaceutical giant makes a mistake, the patient who had the device implanted or took the drugs pays the price.

When manufacturers place defective products on the market and promote those products to doctors and patients, those companies have a responsibility to do right by their patients.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a defective device or drug, you deserve compensation for your losses and suffering. While nothing can make up for a serious injury or the death of a loved one, the compensation you receive can help you cope with the tragedy and go on with your life.

Schedule a free consultation by calling 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contacting us online to learn how the defective medical device attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz can help with your injury.

Defective Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for testing and approving medical devices and prescription drugs. However, fast-track approval programs have resulted in numerous devices and drugs being placed on the market without rigorous safety testing. As a result, an increasing number of patients are being seriously injured by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs. Among these products are:

  • Heart devices such as stents, pacemakers, defibrillators and heart valves
  • Artificial hips and artificial knee joints such as the DePuy ASR hip implant
  • Respiratory devices and medicine pumps
  • Implantable contraceptives and IUDs
  • Silicone implants
  • Transvaginal mesh devices
  • Dangerous drugs, including SSRI antidepressants, Avandia, Actos and Paxil

DePuy Hip Implant Recalls

On Aug. 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. issued a worldwide recall of both its ASR XL Acetabular System (total hip replacement) and its DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (hip resurfacing). DePuy's recall followed the determination of the failure rate for both ASR systems. DePuy estimates that as many as 93,000 patients worldwide were implanted with the DePuy ASR hip implant. DePuy itself estimates that at least 13 percent of these patients will experience product failure and will require revision surgery to remove and replace the defective hip implant device.

Research has determined that the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant system has major design defects. Besides causing severe pain, the Acetabular prosthesis, the "cup," is shallow and susceptible to so-called "edge loading." This is a situation where the joint's ball strikes against the cup's edge, chiseling off debris — metal debris in the case of the DePuy's ASR systems.

Microscopic ions of the heavy metals chromium and cobalt, which are the two metals at issue in DePuy's ASR systems, can cause a very dangerous condition known as metallosis. Metallosis is a reaction of the immune system to heavy metals in the body. Metallosis can cause severe complications such as destruction of surrounding bone and muscle. These complications can significantly increase the difficulty a surgeon faces in performing subsequent revision surgery to replace the defective DePuy ASR device.

If you have a DePuy ASR hip replacement or hip resurfacing and are experiencing problems with the device, please talk to one of our attorneys about your legal options. It is important to talk to an attorney before undergoing revision surgery so that potentially important evidence can be preserved.

Defective Transvaginal Mesh

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that women who have received transvaginal mesh devices may experience complications with the implant. These complications can seriously affect a woman's quality of life as the side effects of the potentially defective medical device not only cause discomfort, but can also impact normal bodily functions.

If you or a loved one has received a transvaginal mesh device and is experiencing bleeding, urinary infections or other pain, it is important to talk with your physician and to an experienced defective medical device lawyer

As early as 2005, transvaginal device manufacturers and the FDA began receiving complaints from patients about the defective medical device. Among these complaints were problems ranging from those causing pain and infection to those requiring surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Device protrusion
  • Skin breakage
  • Urinary infections and incontinence
  • Mesh contraction leading to vaginal shrinkage
  • Erosion of mesh through the vagina
  • Return of pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

In 2008, the FDA sent a letter to doctors using transvaginal mesh devices for their patients and cautioned them about the problems associated with the implants. Doctors continued to use the devices and the reported number of injuries due to transvaginal mesh increased. The FDA recently released a report indicating that these transvaginal mesh devices can cause injury in women who have had the device implanted.

Common Transvaginal Mesh Devices

The devices that have been known to lead to complications include products made by American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard and Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Among the most common transvaginal mesh and pelvic sling devices are:

  • SPARC TM Sling System
  • Elevate Anterior and Apical Prolapse Repair System
  • Advantage Sling System
  • Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System
  • Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System
  • Avaulta Biosynthetic
  • FasLata Allograft
  • Pelvicol Tissue
  • PelviSoft Biomesh
  • Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
  • GYNECARE TVT Secur TM System
  • GYNECARE Prolift
  • Gynemesh PS
  • Prolene Polypropylene mesh

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Like most manufactured products, a medical device's defect is typically caused by a manufacturing error, a poor or defective design, or an inadequate warning of the product's known dangers.

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