Various medical devices, like surgical implants or prosthetics, were created to improve a patient's quality of living and, in some cases, save lives. Unfortunately, we hear about medical device recalls far more often than we would hope. With so many defective devices, how can a person feel safe?
Recalls occur when there's something wrong with a medical device that violates FDA law. This could mean it is defective, is a risk to someone's health, or both. Luckily, when medical device recalls happen, this doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop using the device right away and seek help. Sometimes, you just need to visit a medical professional to have them check the device and determine if it has to be fixed or adjusted in some way. If a device is implanted in the body, it's important to speak with your physician; she will tell you if it needs to be replaced and, if so, what the risks are.
According to the FDA, some recent medical device recalls as of July 24, 2013 include:
- LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. Albograft Vascular Graft
- MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump
- Bryan Medical Tracoe Mini 3.0mm Tracheostomy Tube
- Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Infusion
- Verathon, Inc., GlideScope Video Laryngoscope (GVL) 3,4,5 and GlideScope (AVL) 2,3,4, and 5 Reusable Blades
- Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps
- Medtronic Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter Products
If you have a medical device, you may want to check the FDA's list on a regular basis; it can be alarming how often this list is updated with another defective medical device. Were you already the victim of a defective medical device? Contact our Texas pharmaceutical litigation law firm for a free consultation at 888-614-7730.