FDA Optimistic New Disposable Caps on Medical Scopes Will Help Fight Superbug Infections

FDA Optimistic New Disposable Caps on Medical Scopes Will Help Fight Superbug Infections

With nearly 700,000 endoscopic procedures done every year in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is eager for remedies to prevent “superbug” infection outbreaks that have plagued patients and hospitals alike. A change to duodenoscope design by Japanese device maker Pentax that involves the use of disposable device caps has federal officials optimistic about potential reductions in infections that will protect patient health.

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Lieff Cabraser Files Morcellator Wrongful Death Case in New Jersey

Lieff Cabraser Files Morcellator Wrongful Death Case in New Jersey

Lieff Cabraser has filed a product liability and negligence wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey against surgical tool maker Karl Storz GMBH & Co. relating to its power morcellator surgical tool and allegedly increased cancer risks relating to the device’s use in hysterectomies. [Read more…]

Congressional Bill HR 1215 Will Restrict Americans’ Rights to Obtain Justice in Medical Malpractice Cases

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Congress is about to vote on a bill that could restrict the rights of all Americans to obtain justice in our court system in cases of medical malpractice, including in cases involving negligent nursing homes and defective prescription drugs and medical devices. This bill would tip the scale against injured patients and their families in favor of the insurance industry and other large corporations. [Read more…]

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scopes Still Push Deadly Bacteria

Redesigned Olympus Medical Scope Still Push Deadly Bacteria

In an attempt to reduce the spread of bacteria between patients, Olympus redesigned and modified its duodenoscope medical devices last year. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now reports that five patients were infected with deadly bacteria after being treated with the updated devices, which were approved by the FDA in early 2016. [Read more…]

Ethicon Issues Product Recall of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

Ethicon Issues Product Recall of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

Surgical device manufacturer Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a voluntary inventory recall of its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh product due to patient injury risks due to complications from surgery. According to the company’s Field Safety Notice, recurrence and re-operation rates after hernia repair surgery using Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh “were higher than the average rates of [other] meshes among patients in these registries.” [Read more…]

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

On December 1, 2016, a Texas jury found in favor of six plaintiffs in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over injuries relating to the companies’ Pinnacle brand metal-on-metal hip implants that failed in many patients. As reported by Law360, on January 3, 2017 U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade reduced the more than $1 billion in punitive damages the jury awarded in the case to $543 million in light of Supreme Court precedent finding constitutional limits to punitive damage awards. [Read more…]

New Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Injuries Settlement Announced

New Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Injuries Settlement Announced

Stryker Orthopaedics has announced that it has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in both federal multidistrict litigation and New Jersey multicounty litigation over injury claims relating to Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. The settlement will compensate eligible U.S. patients who had surgery to replace their hip stems (known as revision surgery) prior to December 19, 2016. [Read more…]

U.S. Hospitals Still Failing to Report Morcellator and Endoscope Device Failures and Infections

U.S. Hospitals Still Failing to Report Morcellator and Endoscope Device Failures and Infections

As reported by the Wall Street Journal (subscription), after finding numerous and repeated lapses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing hospitals to comply with reporting rules relating to potentially dangerous endoscope and morcellator medical devices. The move comes after the federal agency says U.S. hospitals did not report on the potentially deadly risks of cancers spread via morcellator devices used in hysterectomies, as well as failing to report severe and sometimes fatal endoscope-procedure-related antibiotic resistant infections. [Read more…]

$1 Billion Verdict for Plaintiffs in 3rd Johnson & Johnson Bellwether Hip Implant Injury Trial

Jury Renders $1 Billion Verdict in 3rd DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Bellwether Trial

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a Texas jury has found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics liable for over $1 billion in a federal 6-plaintiff bellwether trial over injurious metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants causing metal poisoning and other injuries to implant recipients. The jury deliberated for less than a day in finding negligence in design and a failure to warn surgeons and patients about the dangers of the metal-component Pinnacle hip implants. The verdict is more than six times greater than the $150 million reached in a previous bellwether trial against J&J on these hip implant injuries. [Read more…]