Medical Devices

Medical Devices Largely Unregulated, Recent Analysis Finds

Implanted medical devices are increasingly commonplace in the modern world. In fact, approximately one in ten Americans have at least one medical device implanted in them, including artificial joints, cardiac stents, pacemakers, defibrillators, nerve stimulators, surgical mesh, replacement eye lenses, heart valves, and birth control. With medical devices so frequently in use, and with the>> Read More

Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Jury Awards $110.5 Million to Woman Claiming Cancer from Talcum Powder Use

On May 4, 2017, a St. Louis jury awarded $110.5 million to Lois Slemp, 62, who claimed that she developed ovarian cancer in 2012 because she had used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for more than 40 years. Slemp’s jury verdict was the fourth such one in St. Louis since last year. Three previous>> Read More

Power Morcellator Use Drops after FDA Warning

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the use of power morcellators has decreased dramatically since 2014 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the devices could spread cancer. Power morcellators have been used for decades in minimally invasive gynecological procedures like hysterectomies and>> Read More

Power Morcellator Cases Finally Being Settled

Johnson & Johnson has begun settling claims filed against its power morcellator device that victims claim harmed them by spreading undetected cancer. So far, approximately 100 cases have been filed or are ready to be filed, and about 70 have settled within the last few months. Settlements have ranged from $100,000 up to $1 million>> Read More

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $500 Million in Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit

A Texas federal jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $500 million to five plaintiffs who suffered injuries from its Pinnacle hip implants, produced by the company’s DePuy unit. The jury deliberated for one week following a two-month trial. Jurors determined that the Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies did>> Read More

FBI Investigates Power Morcellators

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest maker of power morcellators. The company is under investigation to determine how much it knew about the cancer-spreading risk associated with its medical devices. Power morcellators are surgical devices that were highly favored by members of the medical establishment because they>> Read More

Hip Implant Cases Head To Trial

Zimmer Holdings Inc. was once the top seller of hip implants worldwide, at one time, accounting for 70 percent of the market in 2008. Now the manufacturer is under intense scrutiny and heading to court twice this month, over lawsuits alleging an unacceptably high failure rate of hip implants. Have you or a loved one>> Read More

Johnson & Johnson Settles Hip Implant Lawsuits Anew

Johnson & Johnson, an orthopedic subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics Inc., (DePuy), has agreed to settle additional claims regarding the hip implant product liability lawsuits that arose in 2010. Johnson & Johnson originally settled the claims in 2013 for $2.5 billion. However, thousands of patients were excluded in that initial settlement agreement. According to Bloomberg News, the>> Read More

Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Recall

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Othopedics, Inc., a part of Johnson & Johnsons Medical Device & Diagnostic group, issued a global recall of both its ASR XL Acetabular System (total hip replacement) and its DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (hip resurfacing). According to DePuys own press release, this hip replacement recall was prompted by data>> Read More