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Michael Phelan

Stryker Hip Recall

Why is the Stryker V40 femoral head subject to Recall and Hazard Alert? Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads are modular components  used in total hip replacement surgeries.  This product is the subject of recall and hazard alert because […]

Michael Phelan

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device – Infectious Diseases

The Stockert 3T heater-cooler device, which is used to regulate body temperature during certain surgeries, has been linked to a dangerous microorganism that can cause infections and death. The Stockert 3T heater-cooler system is used to regulate a patient’s body […]

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Virginia now has a Discovery Rule for Medical Device Cases

“In products liability actions against parties other than health care providers…for injury to the person resulting from or arising as a result of the implantation of any medical device, [the cause of action shall be deemed to accrue] when the person knew or should have known of the injury and its causal connection to the device.”

Michael Phelan

Post-Trial Rulings on $497 Million Pinnacle Hip Verdict

As reported in our article about the second bellwether trial involving an allegedly defective metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant, $360 million of the $497.6 million verdict rendered in March to five plaintiffs against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit was […]

Michael Phelan

Class I Recall of MicroPort’s ProFemur Hip Implant due to Fracture Rate

The FDA announced that it is recalling MicroPort Orthopedics’ ProFemur Long Cobalt Chrome 8 Degree Varus and Valgus Modular Neck implants over issues with the acute fractures.  The agency labeled the recall as a Class I, the most serious type of recall, […]

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FDA to Review Essure Birth Control Device

  The FDA recently scheduled a public meeting to review scientific data on the Essure birth control implant. The meeting will take place on September 24th 2015 with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices advisory panel. This is in response to over […]

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Federal Judge Warns Bard Shareholders: Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

Judge Joseph Goodwin of the United States District Court for Southern West Virginia is overseeing the multi-district litigation (MDL) involving thousands of the lawsuits filed over C.R. Bard’s pelvic mesh devices for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.  Bard faces […]

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Karl Storz Threatens to Sue Doctor Who is Campaigning Against Power Morcellators

The case of Dr. Amy J. Reid has helped bring world-wide attention to the risks that power morcellation procedures can spread cancer inside a woman’s body.  Dr. Reid, a 41 year old radiologist and mother of six children, had a […]

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Power Morcellator Recall by J&J’s Ethicon Unit

Medical devices known as power morcellators are a set of spinning blades used during laparoscopic surgeries to cut tissues.  Morcellation refers to the division of tissue into small fragments, which allows the surgeon to remove the tissue through small incission […]

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Patients Should Know: Power Morcellation to Treat Uterine Fibroids May Spread Cancer

The surgical procedure called power morcellation has become a popular treatment for uterine fibroids.  Laparoscopic power morcellators are electric surgical devices.   Morcellation refers to the cutting up of tissue into smaller pieces or fragments.  The technique involves insertion of […]