What product costs $8,000 – and doesn’t include a warranty?

The average cost for an artificial knee or hip is $8000 – and that’s just for the device. The surgery to replace a hip or knee can be very expensive, and a patient can spend weeks or months in physical therapy or rehabilitation. Medical device manufacturers make billions on knee and hip implants, but most… Learn More »

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on… Learn More »

FDA Warns Against Use of Injector to Administer Flu Vaccine

The FDA recently advised health care professionals not to use injector devices to administer influenza vaccines due to concerns about effectiveness and safety. Currently, only one vaccine, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), is approved for administration by jet injector. In contrast, influenza vaccines have been approved by the FDA for administration by needle injection or… Learn More »

The Danger of Buying Stolen Blood Glucose Monitoring Products

As the population ages, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise. More diabetics means greater demand for blood glucose monitoring products. It is in this vein that we report on the recent theft of a tractor-trailer shipment of Abbott Laboratories blood glucose monitoring products from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Stolen blood… Learn More »

Cardiac Stent Manufacturers Provide Majority of Funding to Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

In the latest in a series of articles about disquieting financial ties between the medical community and the drug & medical device industry, ProPublica exposes that The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions received the majority of its funding from medical device makers who produce cardiac stents, like Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic. What makes this… Learn More »

Why is a doctor’s society funded by drug companies?

USA Today in conjunction with ProPublica has shed light on a troubling relationship between medical professional groups—which set national guidelines for treatments, lobby Congress, promote disease awareness, and provide treatment information for the public—and medical device and drug companies. The article uses the example of the Heart Rhythm Society, one of few medical groups that… Learn More »

Medennium SMARTPlugs For Dry Eye May Pose Eye Infection Risk

Dry eye syndrome occurs when tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture for your eyes for any of a number or reasons. The eyes of individuals with this condition may sting or burn. One treatment for dry eyes has been the insertion of "plugs" that increase the patient’s own natural tears on the ocular surface. One popular plug,… Learn More »

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer by FDA

In late January, the FDA announced that it had found a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The FDA stated that it believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to… Learn More »

FDA Exercises Poor Oversight Over TMJ Device Manufacturers and Patients With TMJ Implants Suffer the Painful Consequences

More than 10 million Americans suffer from a condition known temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which causes varying levels of dysfunction and pain in and around the joint connecting the jaw to the head. Surgeons have sought to alleviate the condition by implanting artifical jaw joints in patients. But frequently these TMJ implants have broken down,… Learn More »

FDA Recalls Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700

FDA notified healthcare professionals of the class 1 recall of the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700, which is used to deliver fluids, solutions, drugs, agents, nutritionals, electrolytes, blood and blood products via parenteral, enteral, intravenous, intra-arterial, subcutaneous, epidural, or irrigation routes of administration. The units may fail suddenly, causing inaccurate flow conditions during use,… Learn More »