For many reasons, hospitals are an ideal setting for new strains of bacteria to grow and thrive. Hospitals that are lax about cleanliness, follow outdate practices and contribute to the over-prescription of antibiotics are a danger to patients and the population as a whole. Infection is one of the most significant health concerns for patients who receive treatment, particularly surgical patients. A new type of infection has recently been discovered that could endanger the lives of millions of patients.
The manufacturers of new drugs and medical devices have produced some frightening products over the years. Products aimed at female consumers have a particularly troubling history of being shoddy, ineffective and dangerous. Our firm, Galligan Reid, recently published a SlideShare outlining the problem, including the potential for more deadly products going forward.
Our firm recently published a SlideShare concerning the pressures that lead to patients being injured by unsafe medical products. Learn more about defective medical implants and other devices.
In January 2016, Olympus Corp. decided to voluntarily recall one of its medical products. The TJF-Q180V duodenoscope is a commonly used scope used in a number of procedures. In 2015, the Olympus scope was linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria, which led to the death of multiple patients. Olympus committed to redesigning the scope to address the risk of infection posed by the product. The company also released new guidelines concerning the proper cleaning of the devices by hospitals and medical staff.
When a medical device fails or somehow causes harm to a patient, hospitals are supposed to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately, many hospitals are either unaware of their responsibilities or they are ignoring them. An inspection conducted by the FDA found numerous instances of hospitals failing to report illnesses or injuries tied to defective devices.
Residents in Iowa like to think that when they buy a food product off the shelves in the local grocery stores that they have nothing to worry about. Many put this kind of blind faith into many of their purchases, thinking that just because something is sold on the shelves it must be safe. After all, are there not tons of safety procedures and protocols in place to make sure that dangerous and defective products are not sold in stores? Surely tainted food would not be for sale.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has ordered recalls of the following three dangerous products that pose a risk of serious harm. If you or someone you know owns any of these products please go to the CPSC Website or click on the links below for more information.