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.
According to the report, this defective product poses a serious medical problem, because inaccurate readings by the devices put patients at risk for spontaneous bleeding. In fact, Alere has already received nine reports of such problems, and three of these instances resulted in death from bleeding. Patients using the device have reported a greatly higher INR reading when tested by a central laboratory. The strips the patients were using at home, however, provided them with a reading between 3.1 to 12.2 units lower than clinic lab results. This has even occurred when tests were done with the device and in the lab within one day or even an hour apart.
Who is at risk? For those of our readers unfamiliar with such medications, blood-thinning medication is prescribed to many patients after serious heart surgeries. Also according to Forbes, anticoagulant or blood-thinning therapy is often needed for those who have undergone a complete replacement or mechanical heart valve surgery, have had heart attacks, or have irregular heartbeats. Other patients may use anticoagulants to prevent blood clots in the veins or lungs.
Our attorneys are experienced in a wide range of product liability and personal injury lawsuits, including those involving medical devices and prescription drugs. For instance, in a case we brought against Orion Research Inc. and Baxter Health Care Corporation, our lawyers’ efforts and motivated the company to pull the tests from the market. Not only did we recover a fair and just settlement for a family who suffered as a result of this flawed test, but we were able to prevent the test from causing future harm to others. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one to defective or dangerous medical devices, we are a law firm you can trust in. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.