Category: Medical Device Law

Depuy Hip Recall Cases Escalate

Every day more and more cases are reported of patients injured after being fitted with the Depuy hip – an artificial hip replacement. According to reports, metal shards may break off of the hip replacement and lodge themselves in patients’ bodies after being fitted. Although sometimes the problem can be resolved with subsequent surgery –… read more

Senator Questions Company’s Response To Paid Consultant’s Complaints About Zimmer Durom Cup

In a letter, previously posted on the WSJ website, to Zimmer CEO David Dvorak, Senator Charles Grassley raised questions regarding how the company responds to criticisms concerning joint replacement products, including the Zimmer Durom Cup (also known as the Zimmer Durom Acetabular Cup), by physicians who are paid company consultants. Grassley has a history of… read more

New Reports Cite Safety Concerns Regarding Use Of Shoulder Pain Pumps

A previously issued report on the Anesthesiology News website indicated that shoulder pain pumps – pumps used to deliver intra-articular pain medication during surgery – may be causing more harm than good. Anesthesiology News joins the New York Times, the FDA, and hundreds of patients nationwide citing the potential for devastating and long-term shoulder injuries… read more

New Mexico Medical Devices – Studies Link Pain Pumps To Cartilage Deterioration

On January 22, an Oregon jury awarded a chondrolysis patient nearly $5.5 million in compensation. According to New York Times, more than 150 such lawsuits are currently making their way through the court system. Chondrolysis is a rare ailment in which joint cartilage dies, resulting in bone grinding on bone. Many times this surgery affects… read more

New Mexico Medical Device Law – Passing The MDSA Is Crucial To Patient Safety

The Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 (the “MDSA”) is one of this year’s top pieces of consumer rights legislation. This crucial legislation seeks to protect patients from dangerous and defective medical devices by reversing the effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Riegel v. Medtronic. Riegel provides blanket immunity from liability to some medical… read more