Drug eluting stents (DES), also known as medicated stents or drug coated stents, have become extremely popular in recent years. The stents, which are inserted into arteries to prop them open, are coated with an anti-clotting medication. However, recent studies have found that this drug coating sometimes has the opposite effect—that is, it may actually increase the risk of potentially fatal blood clot formation. Even though the stents have been recalled, many patients are still implanted with the dangerous medical devices.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious adverse event as a result of a drug coated stent, you may qualify to recover compensation for the losses you have sustained. With the help of an experienced product liability attorney, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical expenses and missed work in addition to financial support for any permanent injuries. Please contact Lopez and McHugh today for a complimentary consultation. We can answer your questions and help you understand your legal options in a drug coated stent lawsuit.
Dangerous Drug Coated Stent Models
While the non-medicated heart stents have recently been found to be ineffective in combating blood clots, it is the drug coated stents that are proving more dangerous. The defective stents include Taxus Express 2 Stents, manufactured by Boston Scientific and Cypher DES heart stents, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Cordis.
Injuries that May Result from a Defective Drug Coated Stent
According to studies, patients with drug coated stents are at a higher risk of experiencing the following side effects:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Allergic reaction to the drug or stent material
- Blood vessel rupture
- Clogging in the stent
- Heart attack
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