Product News and Recalls

IVC Filter Implantation Process Could Be Flawed from the Start

ivc filters may be flawed from the point of implantationThe Cleveland Clinic has issued a report on a recent national cohort study that details a dramatic rise in the use of IVC filters since 1999. The study focuses on Medicare beneficiaries discharged with pulmonary embolism, and suggests that doctors have found the devices to be “more palatable” because most models manufactured today can be removed.

However, the report also acknowledges a major flaw in how ...

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Four New Jersey Cases Show Severity of E-Cigarette Malfunctions

new cases show dangers of electronic cigarettesAs our dependence on mobile electronics continues to grow, so does our need for portable power options. This has led to some exciting advances in battery technology but has also shown us what can go wrong when these batteries malfunction.

Reports of overheating and swelling laptop batteries were just the start. One need only recall a couple of months back (and a few million dollars in stock value) to ...

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Zimmer Biomet Recalls Shoulder Device Due to High Fracture Rates

zimmer recalls shoulder implantMedical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet has recalled its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder implant. The device was intended for patients with rotator cuff tears who have developed a severe type of shoulder arthritis known as arthropathy and had a previously failed shoulder joint replacement.

The Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is being recalled because the devices are fracturing at a higher rate than is stated in the product’s labeling. Device fractures may result in the need for revision surgeries ...

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Lopez McHugh Releases Statement on H.R. 985

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee voted a bill out of committee that if passed into law, would eviscerate Americans’ abilities to bring nearly every type of mass action currently available to them in the Court system. With the stroke of a pen, this new law would eliminate large groups of individuals’ legal rights to take action against corporate wrongdoing. This includes the enforcement of civil rights; as well as consumer, employee, and investor protections.

The Trump administration has already made ...

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Overused and Easily Forgotten – The Threats of IVC Filters

threats loom large for IVC filter patientsWhen a patient is implanted with an IVC filter, they may not know it but a clock starts. Small, brittle, and with a long history of faults, the risks of injury posed by some filters start to accumulate within days of the implantation. And, perhaps unbeknownst to the patient, the longer the device stays in place, the greater the chance becomes that those risks turn into actual medical issues and ...

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Study Finds Bacteria in Medical Scopes Survives Intensive Cleaning

study finds bateria still present in medical scopes after cleaningInformation continues to come to light about threatening bacteria found in medical scopes used for critical procedures, the LA Times reports. Cleaning requirements for the devices have become increasingly strenuous since 2015. That’s when Olympus, a major manufacturer, disclosed to US medical professionals that their hard-to-clean duodenoscope design retained bacteria – even after going through reprocessing.

The FDA has urged hospitals and other facilities that use duodenoscopes ...

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