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PA Court Vacates $28 Million Verdict in Knee Replacement Case

A Pennsylvania Superior Court recently vacated a $27.6 million jury verdict against medical device manufacturer Zimmer Inc. (Zimmer), and marketing firm Public Communications, Inc. (PCI) in a case that involved Zimmer’s Gender Solutions Knee. The decision, which vacated the verdict on causation grounds, is available here. Zimmer’s Gender Solutions Knee is a knee replacement device specifically designed and manufactured for women. Zimmer hired PCI to produce a sales video featuring footage of patients who had received the Gender Solutions Knee. The plaintiff Margo Polett…

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New Liver Disease Medical Device May Help Cut Number of Transplants

Royal Free Hospital in London is conducting a trial of a new medical device to treat liver disease on a group of patients with severe alcohol-related liver failure.  Results have already shown that that patients’ liver damage can be reversed, which can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life.  The new device, called an alfapump, is manufactured by the Swiss medical device company Sequana Medical and may radically change the treatment options for patients with severe liver disease in the future. Liver disease impacts the…

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The US Food & Drug Administration is Looking into Whether Morning-After Emergency Contraceptive Pills Fail to Work in Women Over a Certain Weight

The FDA quickly addressed a recent report that European health regulators have ordered a label change on an emergency contraceptive product sold by French drugmaker HRA Pharma under the brand name Norlevo(levonorgestrel). The European authorities now require the drug’s labeling to address the potential that there is diminishing effectiveness of the pill depending upon the weight of the user. According to HRA, the emergency contraceptive begins to lose its effectivness for wormn who weigh more than 165 pounds and is completely ineffective for women…

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FDA Issues Warning on Philips Healthcare Defibrillators

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that thousands of defibrillators manufactured by Philips Healthcare may malfunction during medical emergencies due to an electrical component failure.  The devices, called automated external defibrillators (“AED”), are used by consumers and first responders to restore patients’ heartbeats after cardiac arrest.  According to the FDA, Philips first issued a recall of 700,000 devices in September 2012 because of an internal electrical failure that could mistakenly indicate that the device was ready to be used.  The recall…

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