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New York Times: It’s Time for a Reckoning on Medical Devices

The New York Times recently published a comprehensive look at how patients suffer when companies and regulators fail to effectively screen or monitor defective medical devices on the market. In the past decade, nearly two million injuries and more than 80,000 deaths have been linked to faulty medical devices, many approved with little to no clinical testing, according to a global investigation. When a defective medical device is implanted or used in a patient, the results can be catastrophic. Negligence in the product design or manufacturing process can result in serious injuries and death. In these cases, a device intended to help heal someone ends up causing more harm than good. Even worse, some defects are known and subsequently covered up by a company so that it can sell as many units as possible before an inevitable recall, investigation, and public outrage. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we investigate all injuries caused by dangerous and defective medical devices, regardless of whether or not a device has been recalled. If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a medical device, contact our personal injury lawyers to get the help that you deserve. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. PELVIC MESH INJURIES The FDA announced last month that it couldn’t guarantee the long-term safety of vaginal mesh products when used to correct pelvic organ prolapse. These mesh products that have been on the market for decades, unfortunately resulting in harm to tens of thousands of women. Pelvic mesh has long been tied to life-altering injuries, including nearly 80 deaths as of 2018. Litigation over vaginal mesh is now one of the largest mass tort cases in U.S. history. As these lawsuits have made clear, most of these medical devices were approved for market with nearly no clinical data. It seems incredible that products meant to reside inside the human body would be used on patients without any proof of safety or effectiveness. But thanks to regulatory loopholes, many medical devices are poorly vetted before their release into the marketplace and poorly monitored after the fact. Problems can take years to emerge and can be impossible to correct, in part because permanent implants are not easily extracted from the body. When trouble does arise, device makers often redirect blame and patients seeking compensation are forced into lengthy court battles in pursuit of justice. In the end, faulty products can remain on the market for years without warning. ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL Essure, a permanent birth control device consisting of two metal coils injected into the fallopian tubes, has been linked to serious injuries such as device migration, organ perforation, autoimmune disorders, accidental pregnancies, and hysterectomies. The product was pulled from the market last year by its manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Not only women are affected: There have been hip implants that require painful revision surgery, defibrillators that short-circuit, and artificial heart valves with questionable shelf lives. In operating rooms, there are staplers that misfire; temperature control machines that spray bacteria into open chest cavities; and surgical robots that burn and injure patients. In these cases, a combination of unreliable regulatory approvals, skimpy post-market surveillance, and faltering responses from companies caused irrevocable harm that might have been avoided. HOW MEDICAL DEVICES CAN HURT A regulatory loophole enables medical device companies to bring new or “updated” medical devices to market without first testing them in human trials. Companies need only to convince regulators that their products are similar to ones that are already approved, even if the other products are decades old or were subsequently pulled from the market. This loophole is known as the 510(k) pathway. Industry proponents claim that medical devices can be brought to market quickly and safely by having companies conduct rigorous testing after products go to market instead of beforehand. However, companies often fail to complete such studies, even when they’re ordered by regulators. What’s more, device makers often ignore rules requiring them to report publicly all incidents of malfunction, injury or illness. And after years of dispute, the medical device industry has still not fully put a system in place to better notify patients of product recalls and other safety issues. JUSTICE FOR MEDICAL DEVICE VICTIMS Patients should not have to wonder whether devices will save their lives or destroy them. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe companies must ensure that no medical device intended for permanent residence inside a human body is used on patients without first being rigorously tested. After investigations by journalists and patient advocates, and even a Netflix documentary, the F.D.A. promised to make “transformative” changes to medical device regulation. The F.D.A. has vowed to fix some of these medical device lapses, promising to abolish reporting exemptions that keep safety issues hidden from the public. Stronger device regulation would help the agency to fulfill its ultimate mission: to protect patients. It’s true that some of these devices have restored health and provided benefits to millions of people. However, the drive to innovate does not justify the growing list of medical device disasters. Get Help with Your Defective Medical Device Case At Cory Watson Attorneys, our defective medical device lawyers believe the makers of these dangerous medical devices should be held accountable for the products they push onto the market. Don’t pay out of pocket for a medical device manufacturer’s negligence before talking to us. Our experienced legal team can review your case and get you the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective medical device, we are ready to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 today or fill out our free initial consultation form to get started with your defective medical device claim. Don’t wait to reach out —time is limited, and your health may be on the line.

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Bayer Reeling After Spending Summer in Spotlight for Dangerous Products

Bayer AG faces more than 8,700 plaintiffs across the U.S. alleging that recently-acquired Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killers such as Roundup® and Ranger Pro® cause cancer. The international pharmaceutical and agricultural giant recently acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion deal completed in June 2018, taking on a daunting set of lawsuits. The number of lawsuits against Monsanto has risen from 5,200 in late July, with plaintiffs claiming that the company failed to warn them of the cancer risks associated with glyphosate-based weed killers. Amid concerns of the costly litigation, Bayer shares have lost more than 10 percent since August of this year when a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury verdict was the result of the first of what may be thousands of U.S. lawsuits over their weed killers. The next case is due to go to trial in St. Louis in late October 2018. ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL LAWSUITS In addition to legal troubles, Bayer’s medical product division took a hit when it announced that it would discontinue sales of the Essure® permanent birth control device across the U.S. in Dec. 2018. The implant, controversial since its introduction, is now facing thousands of lawsuits from women suffering from a number of serious health-related issues, including forced hysterectomies or abdominal surgery to remove the Essure devices. THE BLEEDING EDGE DOCUMENTARY On July 27, Netflix released The Bleeding Edge, a powerful documentary exposing the devastating side effects of the Essure birth control implant and the shortfalls of the medical device industry. The film also follows victims of other dangerous products such as surgical robots, hernia mesh, and DePuy® hip replacements. These dangerous medical devices were prominently featured in major news outlets such as Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. INJURED BY DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS? WE CAN HELP! Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally recognized injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, is working to hold corporations like Bayer and Monsanto accountable for hurting patients. If you were injured by a defective medical device or dangerous product, you may have a legal case and be entitled to financial compensation. It’s not every day that consumers have the opportunity to stand up to the pharmaceutical companies that hurt them — however, the time to take part in a defective medical device lawsuit is limited. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Fill out our free online consultation form, or call now at (877) 562-0000. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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Netflix Documentary ‘The Bleeding Edge’ Exposes Dangerous Medical Devices

From birth-control devices to hip implants, the majority of medical devices hit the market without proper testing. Sometimes these untested devices, meant to improve lives, ruin them instead. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies make billions. Patients often pay with their health. These are the horrors exposed in the terrifying new documentary “The Bleeding Edge.” The film, which releases July 27 on Netflix, examines the pitfalls of a $400 billion medical device industry responsible for products that have wreaked havoc on the lives of thousands. The documentary specifically highlights issues associated with five medical device products that caused damage to the public, such as hip implants and vaginal mesh. One of these devices, the controversial Essure® birth control, was recently discontinued by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE Our experienced team of professionals at Cory Watson Attorneys has been accepting Essure cases for more than three years. We have seen first-hand the damage caused by dangerous medical devices such as Essure birth control and other dangerous drugs. If you’re considering taking legal action against “big pharma” and the medical device companies that have harmed you, we strongly encourage you to watch this documentary and be informed of the dangers. Cory Watson Attorneys is here to help you and your loved ones through this process. If you have been affected by Essure birth control, get the help you deserve – give us a call at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online consultation form today. You Deserve the Best, Never Settle for Less. WHAT IS ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL? Essure is a surgical implant device used as a permanent form of birth control. The device consists of two metal coils inserted into the fallopian tubes. Essure prevents pregnancy as the coils provoke an inflammatory response and scar tissue grows around the devices. It is meant as a form of permanent birth control for women and takes several months to become effective. According to the FDA, more than 10,000 injuries have been reported and 16,000 lawsuits filed since the product was approved in 2002. The procedure is not reversible, and in many cases, Essure’s placement leads to serious pain, injury, and infection. WHERE YOU INJURED BY THE ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE? It’s not every day that women have the opportunity to stand up to the pharmaceutical companies that hurt them — however, the time to take part in an Essure birth control lawsuit is limited. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Fill out our free online consultation form, or call now at (877) 562-0000. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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Essure Permanent Birth Control Dangers Featured on Good Morning America

As featured today on “Good Morning America,” Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced that it will no longer sell the controversial permanent birth control implant Essure starting at the end of this year. The move follows thousands of lawsuits, as women stand up to “Big Pharma” and hold corporations responsible for serious injuries such as device migration, organ perforation, internal bleeding, hysterectomies, and autoimmune disorders. FDA PUSHED STRONGER ESSURE SAFETY WARNINGS The number of Essure lawsuits skyrocketed after U.S. regulators forced Bayer officials to enforce sales restrictions and increase warnings about the implant’s risks, including bleeding, pain and organ damage. Bayer had already pulled the product from all other countries. ESSURE SIDE EFFECTS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA Women who say they have experienced adverse side effects from the contraceptive have also convened in a series of Facebook groups, some of which have exploded in popularity, where they share their experiences and warn other women considering the procedure. On the Facebook pages, many women advocate against Essure’s use, citing pain and bleeding. Today’s segment on “Good Morning America” features interviews with these injured women discussing Essure device risks, including: Pain Removal difficulty Malfunction Movement in the body Infection GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE Cory Watson Attorneys is working to hold big pharmaceutical companies like Bayer accountable for hurting women across the country. Women have the opportunity to stand up to these corporations – however, the time to take part in an Essure lawsuit is limited. If you were injured by Essure permanent birth control, contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our free online consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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Bayer Discontinues Controversial Essure® Permanent Birth Control

Today, pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced it was discontinuing sales of its Essure® birth control device, no longer selling or distributing the product after December 31, 2018. This announcement comes after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) took an extraordinary step in April by limiting sales to doctors who ensured that they were actively informing women of the risks associated with using Essure, while simultaneously holding Bayer responsible for the implementation of this practice. The FDA order states, “the new Essure labeling, which will now be legally required when this product is offered to a patient, restricts the sale and distribution of the device to only health care providers and facilities that provide information to patients about the risks and benefits of this device. The patient brochure, titled “Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist – Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Acknowledgement,” must be reviewed with the prospective patient by the health care provider to ensure the patient understands the risks, benefits and other information about Essure implantation. The patient must be given the opportunity to sign the acknowledgment, and it must be signed by the physician implanting the device.” HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED? To date, more than 16,000 women claim that Essure permanent birth control causes serious injuries including device migration, organ perforation, autoimmune disorders, accidental pregnancies, and hysterectomies. The skilled litigation team at Cory Watson Attorneys has been actively accepting cases on behalf of women seeking help and compensation for their injuries for more than three years. Hundreds of women have chosen to file lawsuits accusing Bayer of hiding safety evidence from the FDA. If you have been affected by Essure, get the help you deserve – call  (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online consultation form today. WHAT IS ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL? Essure is a surgical implant device used as a permanent form of birth control. The device consists of two metal coils inserted into the fallopian tubes. Essure prevents pregnancy as the coils provoke an inflammatory response and scar tissue grows around the devices. It is meant as a form of permanent birth control for women and takes several months to become effective. According to the FDA, more than 10,000 injuries have been reported since the product was approved in 2002. The procedure is not reversible, and in many cases, Essure’s placement leads to serious injury, bleeding, and infection. ESSURE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS The side effects associated with Essure are extensive. Reported injuries include: Device migration Organ perforation Autoimmune diseases Accidental pregnancy Hysterectomy Heavy menstrual bleeding Back and pelvic pain Weight changes Extreme fatigue Migraine headaches Nickel allergy reactions INJURED BY ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL? Cory Watson Attorneys is working to hold big pharmaceutical companies like Bayer accountable for hurting women across the country. If you had Essure permanent birth control inserted and are suffering from complications, you may have a legal case and be entitled to financial compensation. It is not every day that women have the opportunity to stand up to the big pharmaceutical companies that hurt them — however, the time to take part in an Essure lawsuit is limited. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Fill out our free online consultation form, or call now at (877) 562-0000. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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