Category Archives: Defective Medical Devices

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Malfunctioning EpiPens May Be Responsible for Seven Deaths During 2017

Bloomberg recently published an investigative article that discussed multiple instances of possible EpiPen malfunctions. EpiPens are handheld medical devices that inject epinephrine into individuals who are suffering from anaphylaxis. This is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can be triggered by foods, insect stings and other allergens. Bloomberg used a Freedom of Information Act request to secure reports sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by patients and doctors. According to the Bloomberg article, EpiPen failures may be responsible for 35 hospitalizations and seven deaths in the US between January and September. The FDA has also received 228 reports involving malfunctioning EpiPens during this time. Meridian Medical Technologies, a subsidiary of Pfizer, manufactures EpiPens for Mylan Pharmaceuticals. In September, the FDA sent Meridian a warning letter for failing to investigate instances of EpiPen failures. FDA investigators claimed epinephrine had leaked out in some cases. Meridian had…
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What Should I Do If My Birth Control Hurts Me?

If your birth control hurts you, how can you determine if it is a common side effect or something more serious? Recently, a woman filed a lawsuit claiming Mirena birth control seriously damaged her eyesight. Per the suit, the woman claims that after she began using the Mirena birth control device, she suffered headaches, nausea, dizziness, ringing in her ears, neck pain, shoulder pain and blurred vision. In addition, within three years of using the device, the woman alleges she was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), which involves the buildup of fluid around the brain. The buildup of fluid around the brain associated with PTC can put pressure on the optic nerves, which can hurt a person’s vision. This woman has had three procedures to relieve the pressure from the fluid around her brain. However, she claims the damage to her optic nerves is irreversible. In her lawsuit, the woman…
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Why the 3m Bair Hugger Failed

The 3m Bair Hugger Developer Originally the Bair Hugger product was invented by an anesthesiologist out of Minnesota named Dr. Scott D. Augustine. After he invented the product he created a company called Augustine Medical. In 2002 Dr. Augustine resigned and stepped away from his company after a serious dispute with the board. The company then became Arizant Inc. The original founder Dr. Augustine has openly admitted that his product poses a risk and should no longer be used. We know the 3m Bair Hugger shouldn’t be used in hospitals because it can create infections that can be life threatening or even cause long term negative effects. In the fall of 2010 Arizant inc. was bought out by 3M for 810 million. 3M is a global billion-dollar corporation that invents products for a variety of industries. They don’t specialize in product innovation for one specific industry. If they see an…
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