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FDA may be creating medical device warning system

Many Houston residents require a medical device to keep them healthy and maintain their standard of living. Medical devices are constantly being introduced into the marketplace and are becoming more complex and technical. Occasionally a defective medical device is introduced that causes serious injury and even death to unsuspecting patients.

The FDA has recently announced that it is planning on introducing a system to warn the public about medical devices that may be defective before they complete a thorough investigation. The FDA already alerts the public early for drugs that may be dangerous. That system started in 2012 and has dramatically decreased the number of drugs that are considered dangerous. The FDA believes that alerting the public about potentially dangerous medical devices before it has recommendations about what to do can help decrease the number of serious injuries the devices may cause.

A medical device manufacturer that is more concerned about profit over patient safety needs to be held accountable for any injuries they cause patients. Medical device manufacturers need to release medical devices that are well-tested, safe and effective. If patients believe a dangerous medical device has harmed them, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in drugs and medical devices. An attorney can review medical records, investigate medical device companies and determine what happened to cause the unexpected injury. An attorney can hold the medical device manufacturer accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Although medical devices are lifesavers for many people occasionally a defective medical device hits the market. It is important to hold these medical device manufacturers accountable so that they don't harm anyone else.

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