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Insulin pump errors, injuries causing growing concern with FDA

Insulin pump errors, injuries causing growing concern with FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported last week that there is a growing concern with insulin pumps that are becoming quite popular among people with type-1 diabetes as an alternative to daily injections. The FDA has put together a group of outside consultants to research the pumps and determine if there is a way to minimize injury risk and to eliminate the possibility of malfunction.

The panel’s early determinations found that one large area for concern is injury caused by the user, as the person using the device to maintain the proper levels of blood sugar could possibly commit a mistake and injure himself. The FDA is already urging popular manufacturers of these pumps – including Johnson & Johnson, Roche and Medtronic, Inc. – to create warnings and directions that help educate the consumers properly.

According to the FDA, more than 375,000 people with type-1 diabetes were using the pumps as of 2007, a sharp increase from the 130,000 users in 2002. Over a three-year period, more than 17,000 reports of injury have been made, leading the FDA and the manufacturers to investigate the possibility of defects in the pumps. While the FDA’s independent panel believes risk is low, the number of injuries has been rising steadily.

There have already been issues with some pumps over the past few years, as various manufacturers have recalled their models due to battery failure. Such an occurrence could leave the user unaware of the machine’s cessation in delivering the insulin shot.

If you or a loved one has experienced injury or health complications from using insulin pumps, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with defective medical devices. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
 

Shoulder pain pumps, relationship to chondrolysis become focus of lawsuits

Shoulder pain pumps, relationship to chondrolysis become focus of lawsuits

There are currently more than 150 lawsuits pending against manufacturers of intra-articular shoulder pain pumps, which are used to deliver pain medication to the area of surgery quickly and efficiently, as opposed to post-surgery prescription medication. However, these lawsuits are alleging improper use of pain pumps, which may be leading to an onset of chondrolysis in some patients. At least 12 of the cases will go to trial this year, after a landmark decision in late January paved the way for future cases.

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NuvaRing lawsuit numbers growing as consumers report more health complications

NuvaRing lawsuit numbers growing as consumers report more health complications

For the past few months, the prescription contraception device NuvaRing has become the focus of a growing number of lawsuits as consumers using the product are alleging that it causes injuries and serious side effects. In November 2009, as the known number of lawsuits against NuvaRing’s manufacturer Organon Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. reached at least 50, the first known wrongful death lawsuit was filed in New Jersey.

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