The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter has been used for years, but recently it has made the news based on problems that appear to be caused by it. With that in mind, it is very important to understand what these filters are, how they work, and the risks associated with them.
In a development that bodes well for countless other people in a similar position, the plaintiff in the first trial over DePuy's ASR hip replacement systems has won a large jury verdict. The Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to this plaintiff today - an indication that other recipient's of the DePuy ASR implants are also entitled to compensation.
In 2008, a physician consultant sent a note to Johnson & Johnson executives telling them to slow marketing on the DePuy ASR hip implant. The doctor wrote that the Articular Surface Replacement was poorly designed. He was not alone; other doctors also recommended that the company stall hip implant marketing efforts.
The first of nearly 10,000 Depuy all-metal hip implant trials has made it to Los Angeles Court. The plaintiff in this first case contends that Johnson & Johnson's ASR XL hips had a defective design, Johnson & Johnson knew about the defects and it failed to timely warn consumers.
Medtronic has, yet again, recalled some of its devices. This time, the devices are drug infusion pumps whose motors can stall and fail to deliver medications to patients. Due to the defective devices, patients have experienced a return of their symptoms and even death.
Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit announced that it would discontinue sales of four types of defective medical products. Ethicon's vaginal mesh product has been linked to many personal injuries and wrongful deaths. Over 600 lawsuits have been filed in connection with vaginal mesh implants which have severely injured patients.
A recent investigation by Consumer Reports Magazine has concluded what far too many Californians know firsthand: many medical devices are released to the market without adequate safety testing. These defective medical devices often fail and result in massive class action lawsuits, but medical device manufacturers know that they can make millions of dollars before the first lawsuits come in.
Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson faces a variety of product liability lawsuits based on its DePuy ASR Hip Implants. The all-metal hip implants were inadequately tested before they were released for sale and experienced high failure rates.