Written By: Tyler Shroyer
Colley Shroyer Abraham are reviewing claims against Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon Division) concerning their Morcellator surgical tool, a tool most commonly used in laparoscopic procedures, specifically hysterectomies and myomectomies (surgery to remove uterine fibroids). Johnson & Johnson withdrew from the global market, on July 30th 2014, three different Ethicon power morcellators after studies found the devices may scatter undetected cancer cells around a woman's body. The products involved are: (1) Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator; (2) Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System; and (3) Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator.
In our last post, we addressed the topic of how defects in manufacturing can create a dangerous product and give rise to a legal action based on product liability. The overall subject of product liability is complex, and we cannot cover all of its aspects in a single post. This entry, therefore, will address a different foundation for a product liability claim: design defects.
Suffering an injury as a result of a dangerous or defective product is something that too many people have experienced. For example, in July we posted about a product recall of artificial knee implants based on alleged manufacturing defects that affected thousands of people. This post provides some additional information on how medical devices can trigger claims of product liability.
Early last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration proposed reclassifying transvaginal mesh inserts as "high-risk" medical devices. If that proposal takes effect, it would result in mesh makers being required to take additional -- and costly -- steps to ensure the safety of their products prior to their gaining market approval.
The prescription drug paroxetine -- more widely known by the brand name Paxil -- has long been a popular choice among doctors prescribing antidepressive medications for adults.
A recent Washington Post article refers to the “long, strange story” regarding safety issues relating to two Chrysler Jeep models, noting that the matter finally appears to be nearing closure.
Global titan Johnson & Johnson, a multinational company manufacturing pharmaceuticals and medical devices, is well accustomed to paying out money occasionally in settlements alleging product liability.
Chances are you’ve heard of Red Bull, even if you’re not an occasional or avid drinker of the company’s hugely popular energy drink of the same name. Statistics provided by the company indicate that Red Bull -- an Austrian company created in 1987 and reportedly the world’s largest energy drink manufacturer -- has sold more than 35 billion cans of its product over the past quarter century.
A central function of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is to oversee and regulate drugs in the domestic marketplace, ensuring their purity and safety. That mandate extends to both pharmaceutical drug offerings and over-the-counter products, such as dietary supplements.