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Female incontinence treatment linked to serious complications

More than 20 million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, but devices intended to remedy the problem are at the center of thousands of lawsuits by women who claim the treatments ruined their lives. Jennifer Ramirez says her incontinence wasn’t a serious problem for her. She opted to have transvaginal mesh implanted to keep the problem from getting worse following a hysterectomy. Now, she lives in constant pain. Just talking about it brings her to tears. “Now my life has to revolve around having a restroom right there because when you have to go, you have to ... Read More

DePuy discontinues two of its hip replacement systems

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced it will stop selling two of its less popular hip replacement systems. The company said discontinuations are not the result of safety or effectiveness concerns, and the devices were not being recalled. DePuy will discontinue both the Ultamet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and the Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular systems in August. The devices were distributed worldwide but now represent less than 1 percent of DePuy bearings sold in the United States and Europe. Physicians are now opting for artificial hips made from metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-polyethylene, or ceramic-on-ceramic parts. One reason why surgeons have turned away ... Read More

Problems with DePuy artificial hip implants first reported to FDA in 2008

It’s difficult to know when problems first arose with DePuy Orthopaedics artificial hips because there is no registry in the United States for hip replacement systems. The implants were introduced in the mid 2000s and were recalled last August following reports that the devices were failing at an unusually high rate in just five years or less. That data didn’t initially come from the United States, but from artificial joint registry systems in other countries, such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. While the overseas registries were identifying problems with the Depuy devices, the first problems with the ... Read More

Medtronic informs doctors of faulty pacemakers; Letter to patients to follow

Medical device maker Medtronic sent a letter to doctors worldwide earlier this month warning that nearly 37,000 of its Sigma and Kappa pacemakers, most manufactured between November 2000 and November 2002, could have faulty wiring that can cause the pacemakers to work improperly or not at all. This defect can be deadly for the estimated 1.7 million people who have pacemakers implanted in their chests. The defect involves a separation of wires that connect to the electronic circuit to the pacemaker components. Patients with the defective devices reported feeling faint or lightheaded. Medtronic has received two reports of patient deaths ... Read More

Judge tosses medtronic lawsuits, doesn’t disclose son’s ties

U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle dismissed thousands of lawsuits against Medtronic Inc., manufacturer of the faulty Sprint Fidelis defibrillators that have allegedly injured and killed several people. Attorneys serving the patients, however, may seek to have the judge disqualified from the case because he never disclosed that his son works for the law firm representing Medtronic. Medtronic defended the Minnesota judge on Friday, saying that “this is clearly an effort to remove a well respected judge following rulings the plaintiffs’ lawyers do not like.” Richard H. Kyle, Jr., works for a Minneapolis based law firm with offices in the Midwest, ... Read More

Medtronic settles defective defibrillator lawsuits for $114 Million

Medtronic Inc., the maker of the defective Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead, announced last week that it had reached a settlement agreement regarding another of its faulty medical devices. The company has agreed to pay out $114 million to settle product liability lawsuits filed as the result of injuries cased by its malfunctioning Marquis line of implanted cardiac defibrillators. Despite the huge settlement agreement, Medtronic said it does not admit liability in the litigation. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, provide shocks to stop hearts from potentially dangerous rapid beating. They treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, which is the ... Read More

Medtronic asks Supreme Court to ban personal injury lawsuits

Medtronic, Inc., the maker of the faulty Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead and several other defective medical devices, will try to convince the US Supreme Court that people injured by dangerous medical devices and drugs should not be allowed to sue manufacturers if those products have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). If Medtronic is successful, the thousands of people injured by the company’s defective devices, as well as those hurt by faulty drugs and devices made by other manufacturers, would not be able to receive compensation for their injuries in state courts. The Medtronic Supreme Court case ... Read More