What is a medical device?

A medical device may be an instrument, apparatus, implant or similar product used in the diagnosis of disease or other physical conditions, or used in the treatment, mitigation, prevention or cure of disease. A medical device is intended to affect the structure and/or function of the body. Unlike pharmaceutical products (medications), which work internally , topically or systemically within the body, a medical device accomplishes its goal through a physical, mechanical, thermal, physio-chemical or chemical means.

Medical devices may range from simple instruments such as tongue depressors and thermometers to items such as blood sugar meters and surgically implanted devices like artificial hips and surgical mesh.

What are the risks from a defective medical device?

In a terrible twist, a medical device that promised to restore health and improve quality of life has done just the opposite, and caused a serious, permanent injury. This is the situation in many defective medical device cases we handle.

When companies put profits above people, lives are destroyed. The manufacturers of medical devices have a responsibility to test their products for safety before they are provided to people and to alert consumers immediately if a problem with their product becomes apparent. Sadly, we often find examples where just the opposite is true.

It is staggering to learn of such disregard for human life and safety, and even more stunning when these actions come from the very companies that promise to heal.

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