Medical Devices

Disclosure: Johnson and Johnson Product Liability Claims

Talcum Powder Litigation: J&J Logo

Johnson and Johnson product liability claims are described in detail in the company’s quarterly report filed with the SEC and released earlier this month. The company declines to put losses on its balance sheet “until a loss is determined to be probable and can be reasonably estimated.” According to Johnson and Johnson: The most significant…

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FDA Updates Warning on Intragastric Balloons After 5 Deaths

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The FDA last week issued an updated warning letter on intragastric balloons to alert health care providers to 5 deaths that occurred over the last year in patients treated for obesity with the liquid-filled balloon systems.  The original warning, that the FDA issued 6 months ago,  addressed two possible adverse events, over inflation with either liquid of…

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Digital Security Experts Warn of Medical Device Hacking

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A growing number of digital security experts are sounding the alarm about medical device hacking. After years of movies and sci-fi novels covering the threat, the risk today is all too real – and potentially lethal – according to “ethical hackers.” The prospect of a potentially fatal hack involving medical equipment was one of the many threats…

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IVC Filter Lawsuits Grow with Two New East Coast Cases

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The extensive list of complaints against Inferior Vena Cavity filters continued to swell last month, as two new cases were confirmed by plaintiffs in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. There are currently thousands of IVC filter lawsuits making their way through the country’s courts. The location of these latest cases is unsurprising. The Northeast United States has…

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Power Morcellators Return to the Media Spotlight

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After a brief spell away from media coverage labeling them dangerous medical devices, power morcellators are set for another round of unwanted press attention. The passing of Pittsburgh-based activist Bonnie Davis, who campaigned vigorously against the widespread use of the device, has prompted peers to remember her impact and continue her work. Ms. Davis was an outspoken…

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A Heart Breaking Case Documents the Dangers of Essure

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A heart-breaking – and potentially high-profile – case is set to take the medical device Essure to new levels of controversy in 2017.  The dangers of Essure are not new. The device, which is marketed as the only effective non-surgical form of permanent birth control, has been linked to health complaints ranging from internal bleeding to…

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