Unsafe Medical Devices & Drugs

Boston Scientific Sets Aside $1 Billion for Transvaginal Mesh Trial

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer and marketer , faces over 14,000 lawsuits for their transvaginal mesh device (“TVM”). The company has reportedly set aside $1 billion for legal expenses from the federal lawsuits. The defective TVM device allegedly posed risk of erosion, which caused severe complications for thousands of women–including organ perforation, infection, and intense pain. This led many to suffer painful sexual intercourse and undergo multiple revision surgeries. The latest claims, which span across state lines, have been consolidated to be heard in West Virginia district court. It’s certainly not the first case regarding …

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Estimated $1 Billion Settlement for Dangerous Hip Replacement Patients

Chris Welsh, Esq. Courts in Minnesota and New Jersey have announced an important win for people injured by faulty hip devices. Nearly 4,000 people who had surgery to remove hip devices made by Stryker Corp. will share a settlement potentially worth more than $1 billion. The settlement involves those who had to endure two surgeries–one for the hip replacement, and an unfortunate second operation to replace the replacement. Such patients suffered painful complications as the Stryker devices corroded within their bodies, emitting debris from friction between metal parts into their bodies and bloodstreams. Due to the invasiveness of the procedure, …

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Hospital Exec Masterminds $500 Million Scheme of Bribery & Fake Hardware for Spinal Surgery

Tad Thomas, Esq. www.thomaslawoffices.com A former hospital executed is accused of a orchestrating a lucrative scheme to bring spine-surgery patients to his hospital and implant cheap screws and hardware in them for an expensive price. This month, 28 former patients filed lawsuit in Los Angeles against Michael Drobot, former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, CA, and others, including Community Hospital, Spinal Solutions LLC of Murrieta, Calif., Orthopedic Alliance of Murrieta, Calif., Jack H. Akmakjian, MD, Gurvinder S. Uppal, MD, Khalid Ahmed, MD, and Crowder Machine & Tool Shop of Temecula, Calif. Currently there is a total of 32 …

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Hospital Infection Control A Serious Concern After Ebola Reaches the U.S.

Chris Welsh, Esq. Now that Ebola has arrived in the U.S., the greatest concern is how to contain it–and our Achilles’ heel may be infection control in hospitals. What’s more, most nurses and health care providers have obviously heard of Ebola, but they aren’t necessarily prepared to treat it. A new report by USA Today cites a long history of problems in U.S. hospital infection management. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 25 patients gets an infection while being treated at a U.S. hospital, adding up to 700,000 hospital-associated illnesses each year. In …

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Talk to Your Doctor About Your Laparoscopic Surgery

Chris Welsh, Esq. Earlier this year, the FDA warned against the use of a morcellation device in laparoscopic procedure for women treated for uterine fibroids (a condition surprisingly condition among women). This week, the FDA remains undecided about whether to ban the devices. Although many doctors have halted use of the device, it is still critically important to talk to your doctor about the details of your surgery. Uterine fibroids are the most common solid pelvic tumor in women, causing symptoms in 25% of women of reproductive age and 1 in 5 visits to the gynecologists. Nearly 100,000 hysterectomies are …

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