A group of patient advocates are lobbying to introduce The Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016, which would allow doctors, surgeons, and other health care professions to have the capacity to report problems with defective medical devices to the FDA. Currently, they have the power to report issues with pharmaceuticals, but not defective medical devices. Only hospitals and device manufacturers have access to the FDA to report such issues.
The effort is led by a husband and wife team of doctors who were the first to file an official complaint over power morcellators with the FDA in 2013. The morcellators were used for uterine surgery and were linked to cancer. The FDA did not order the devices off the market, although manufacturers began voluntarily recalling their devices when problems began to surface. Instead, the FDA recommended that morcellators should be used as a last resort. They are still on the market today.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get defective medical devices removed from the market. When a manufacturer hides the dangers or refuses to voluntarily recall the devices, it becomes even tougher. Many manufacturers of defective medical devices intentionally hide their products’ defects in order to continue to make money through their sales, and quietly settle cases that arise.
If you have been injured by a defective medical device in the Houston area, call the Houston defective medical device attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Google Plus.