Many of our loved ones and those in our community suffer from medical complications that require them to monitor their blood, among other vitals, on a daily basis. For instance, many of these people take blood-thinning medications after undergoing heart surgery, so they must monitor their blood coagulation levels. To do so, most rely on medical technology to help gauge the overall state of their health. However, when such technology fails them, a patient may receive an improper reading of their vitals, and therefore the wrong message about the state of their health.
Our lawyers believe that all patients should be able to trust the medical equipment they use to monitor their health. For those patients with already compromised health conditions, a wrong reading could mean the difference between life and death. In order to successfully monitor their medical conditions, patients rely on the products they use, and where companies and manufacturers provide defective or faulty medical products, a patient may be in grave danger and unable to take action without the accurate knowledge from wrong medical device readings. In these instances, patients and loved ones may be able to hold the companies and manufacturers liable in a product liability lawsuit
According to a recent article by Forbes, there is an urgent product recall for PT/INR test strips and monitoring system. This affects patients on blood thinners, such as the anticoagulant drug warfarin (Coumadin) or those who are given heparin injections . The company, Alere, has issued this urgent recall of their professional test strips with product number PN 99008G2. Patients and families should immediately check the brand of their monitoring devices.