According to a new report, more medical devices were recalled in the first quarter of 2018 than at any time since 2005. In the first quarter, there were 343 device recalls, which was an increase of 126 percent over the previous quarter. There was also a large increase in prescription drug recalls.
Experts say that the problem may be worse than reports show. Many experts believe that the government’s system for reporting problems is inadequate and may only show a small percentage of what actually happens. In addition, a recent plan from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would reduce the reporting requirements even further.
Experts are particularly concerned with medical devices that are implanted in a patient’s body. When there is a problem with the device, the patient either must live with it or undergo a procedure to have it removed. Currently, any adverse events with respect to medical devices only must be reported by manufacturers at their discretion and institutions. Medical professionals and patients are not required to report problems with implanted medical devices.
Some of the most serious recalls in the first quarter of 2018 involved implantable defibrillators made by Medtronic and devices used to insert and position cardiovascular catheters. Both were found to have potential serious health consequences, including death.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective medical device, you should speak with an attorney. An attorney can help determine if you have a legal right to compensation and the best way to pursue the case. Call the Houston defective medical device attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about our firm on our Twitter page.