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High cost in suffering from defective drugs and medical devices

When a doctor or surgeon recommends a specific medication or medical device, most patients in Tennessee trust in that health care provider's knowledge and expertise. Sometimes, unfortunately, unbeknown to doctors, that very same medication or device that is intended to save a life or improve the health of patients is, in fact, faulty or even dangerous. When defective drugs and medical devices cause harm to patients, shouldn't someone be held responsible for the suffering that results?

Xarelto to join long list of defective drugs and medical devices

Many residents of Tennessee likely either rely on prescription medications or medical devices themselves or know someone who does. Such items and medicines are supposed to help keep people healthy. Frighteningly, sometimes, the opposite occurs, and defective drugs and medical devices instead cause even more health problems for patients.

Defective drugs and medical devices frequently claim lives

Many individuals in Tennessee and around the country rely on medical devices and medications for their health and well-being. When this faith is misplaced, the consequences of defective drugs and medical devices prove tragic far too often. In another state, for example, a contaminated laxative allegedly led to the death of an infant girl, and the family has filed a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer.

Defective drugs and medical device cost Medicare billions

Despite a sharp increase in recalled medical devices during the first part of the 2000s, the federal government claims that it does not have adequate data that is needed to track problem devices. Despite this claim, Medicare recently disclosed that it spent $1.5 billion on defective cardiac devices in a single decade. Defective drugs and medical devices are much more than a financial drain; they are also a serious threat to the health and well-being of Tennessee patients.

Defective drugs and medical devices can cause grave injury

Drug companies and the manufacturers of medical devices have a legal responsibility to make certain the products they create and sell are both safe and medically sound. Too many residents of Tennessee rely on these substances and items, often at the advice of their doctors; patients count on these things to improve their health and well-being. When defective drugs and medical devices cause serious injury, the results can prove catastrophic, if not fatal.

Judge says legal process may continue re defective medical device

Anyone in Tennessee who has undergone a medical procedure to insert a cardiac defibrillator machine as treatment for a heart condition may want to pay close attention to an ongoing situation in another state. A man has filed a lawsuit against St. Jude Medical manufacturing company regarding an allegedly defective medical device that he says caused him injury. The manufacturer of the device has already settled a slew of lawsuits surrounding the product in 2015, before another company took over its ownership.

Learned intermediaries: Can they prevent defective drug injuries?

When someone visits a Tennessee doctor's office seeking help for a particular medical condition, a doctor might prescribe medication at some point. Before the patient gets the prescription filled, a nurse might provide basic instructions on how to properly use the medication. This may also happen again at the pharmacy, with the person dispensing the medication alerting the patient to possible side effects or offering printed information about the medication at the point of sale. When a defective drug causes injury or illness, any of these people, otherwise known as learned intermediaries, may be potentially liable.

Cancer patient's parents accuse hospital of medical malpractice

In June 2016, a state on the West Coast enacted a new law concerning a highly controversial and much debated topic: assisted suicide. There is no current law in Tennessee allowing medical doctors to assist terminally ill patients to take their own lives; however, based upon the new law that was implemented in this other state, a cancer patient apparently requested the hospital's assistance so she could die. Her parents have since alleged that the hospital committed medical malpractice.

Defective drugs and medical devices laws often change

Many Tennessee residents use prescription drugs or other procedures that include insertion of various devices that are meant to help improve their health conditions. Although it's impossible to predict a particular outcome, and whether a specific drug or device will help solve a particular problem, patients assume their doctors have their best interests at heart and are acting accordingly. All too often, however, defective drugs and medical devices wreak havoc across the nation when patients suffer severe injuries (or even death) in situations that may have been prevented.

Defective drugs and medical devices: Is marketing a key factor?

Many Tennessee residents may recall the tobacco crisis of the 1990s. That particular decade abounded with lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers and sales distributors who claimed they were fully aware of the health risks associated with tobacco products, but failed to properly inform consumers. Some current problems concerning defective drugs and medical devices appear eerily similar to the tobacco litigation of an earlier era.

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