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Has a lack of testing made medical implants more dangerous?

Numerous breakthroughs in the medical community have saved lives and improved the quality of living for countless people across the country, including in Connecticut. However, some medications, procedures and products have tragically had the opposite effect. Many devices that were meant to help people have instead harmed them. Some of these include certain types of medical implants that caused worsened medical conditions or death because they allegedly had not gone through enough testing before being made available to patients.

According to Consumer Reports, these medical devices were not required to be tested as stringently as prescription drugs are, and as a result have been placed on the market with minimal or no safety testing at all. These have included the following:

  • Transvaginal mesh – Thousands of patients reported this implant shrinking or moving, causing extreme pain, scarring and sometimes organ damage.
  • Metal hip replacements – Many of these implants ultimately caused metal poisoning in patients. Complications included excruciating pain, exhaustion and confusion.
  • Lap-Band – Numerous people who had this weight-loss device implanted suffered from nausea, vomiting, infections and the device cutting into their stomachs.

Consumer advocates have brought up concerns that in addition to medical devices not receiving sufficient testing, it is difficult for physicians to alert patients of problems. Some have suggested implementing serial numbers or other standardized ways of tracking patients with medical implants, in addition to enforcing a national standard of testing new products and reporting complications.

If you were injured because of a negligent manufacturer, you may wish to pursue compensation. This information, however, is not meant to be taken as legal advice.

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