Medical devices are recalled more often than most people realize. If you or a loved one has been injured or had other issues with a defective medical device recently, you may be dealing with a recalled device.
Medical Device Recalls
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps track of all adverse events that occur with medical devices in America. If the FDA or the manufacturer of the medical device see a pattern of adverse events happening with a certain device, they will investigate.
Sometimes the defect in the medical device is minor and the manufacturer will take the product off the market without having to do a full recall. The public is often not aware of these recalls, but you can find them in the FDA’s database.
If the defect is more serious, the FDA and the manufacturer will issue a full recall on the device. When a full recall is issued, the public is often made more aware of the recall, but this is not always the case.
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FDA Medical Device Recall Databases
To find out if the medical device you’re using has been recalled or pulled off the market, you can search the FDA’s database here. It contains all recalls and corrections for medical devices since 2002.
The FDA also has a complete list of medical device recalls from 2016 and 2017.
What If a Medical Device I Use Has Been Recalled?
If you find out that a medical device you’re using has been recalled, you should immediately contact your doctor. They will be able to go over your options for repair or surgery to replace the defective medical device.
Then, you should speak with an attorney who specializes in faulty medical devices to find out what your options are.
Have you or a loved one been hurt by a defective or recalled medical device? Contact Gilreath and Associates for a free consultation. We can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.