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Big Pharma Should Take Reporting Adverse Events to FDA More Seriously

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that pharmaceutical companies report dangerous side effects cause by medicines they manufacture is being flouted by a few bad actors. Such violations of the federal law are...more

Heater-Cooler Devices Linked to Infections

Heater-cooler devices are used during cardiothoracic surgeries, and other medical and surgical procedures to warm or cool a patient. They include water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat...more

FDA Recalls Custom Ultrasonic

AERs (automatic endoscope reprocessor) are free-standing units used in health facilities to disinfect flexible endoscopes and scope accessories between uses. Custom Ultrasonic AERs should wash and high- level disinfect...more

FDA Asks for Comments on Refurbishing and Servicing of Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register establishing a docket and requesting information and comments on third party entities that “refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket,...more

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Fitbit

Fitbit, Inc., a manufacturer of wearable health technology, is involved in a national class action lawsuit filed on January 5, 2016 in the Northern District of California over two of its wristbands, the Charge HR and the...more

Product Liability: 2015 Year in Review

Massachusetts state and federal courts issued a number of important product liability decisions in 2015. The Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation Group at Nutter recently reviewed these cases. Highlighted below are...more

Maker of dirty medical device hit with $623 million in penalties for kickbacks

Can the sleaze get any worse with the maker of a dirty medical device that investigators say sickened dozens and played a role in killing 21? Sadly, it can. Federal prosecutors say that the maker of a flexible scope used in...more

Metal-on-Metal Hip-Implant Case End With Significant Jury Award

If the bellwether trial of a plaintiff who suffered complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant is any indication of future verdicts, Wright Medical Technology should be worried. A jury awarded $11 million to a woman...more

Arizona Supreme Court Adopts Learned Intermediary Doctrine

The Arizona Supreme Court has issued an opinion adopting the learned intermediary doctrine in Arizona. The Supreme Court rejected the Arizona Court of Appeals’ earlier decision holding that the learned intermediary doctrine...more

Recalled Brainlab Digital Neurosurgery Device Could Pose Serious Injury, Death to Patients

A medical device created by Brainlab and marketed as easy-to-use, intuitive, precise and tailored to surgeons’ needs has been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Cranial-navigation systems sold by...more

Food and Drug Newsletter - December 2015

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Delaware Superior Court Cuts Punitive Damages In Transvaginal Mesh Case

Last week, we posted about a $10 million award of punitive damages in a product liability action against a manufacturer of hip implants.  We explained our view that the award was excessive, in part because hundreds of similar...more

FDA promotes safety, control by veterinarians in new Rule: Veterinary Feed Directive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to publish new Rules as part of its implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition to new animal feed and food safety rules, the FDA recently...more

Health Hackers: Problems in Applying Traditional Products Liability Theories to Latent Cyber-Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (yes, that’s a thing), so it seems fitting to write about an unprecedented alert recently released by the FDA to health care providers that warned of a medical device’s...more

Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 2

Summer is in full swing and certain topics are (staying) hot—especially regulatory issues, from new proposed rules to challenges to case law to strategic considerations. Generic preemption remains a hot topic. In Storm...more

Arizona Supreme Court Poised to Consider “Learned Intermediary” Doctrine

The Arizona Supreme Court will soon decide whether to grant or deny review of the Court of Appeals’ January 2015 decision regarding the longstanding “learned intermediary” doctrine. In January, the lower court held that the...more

Anything in the New Clinical Trial Rules of Interest to Product Liability? Not Really.

An inter-agency taskforce is proposing a comprehensive overhaul of “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” in today’s issue of the Federal Register (comments close on 12/7/2015). See 80 Fed. Reg. 53933 (Sept....more

3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles

This white paper – 3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles – explores the legal ramifications and risks of the rapidly increasing use of 3D printing of medical devices. 3D...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

Hacking Your Health: For Healthcare Providers, Risk Analysis Must Be Ongoing

Healthcare providers would be wise to keep in mind that if a patient is harmed by a hacked medical device, Exhibit A in the negligence suit against them may be that provider’s risk analysis, or lack thereof....more

ABA Resolution 105 on Punitive Damages Is Dead for Now

On the eve of the ABA's Annual Meeting next week, the ABA's Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability announced its withdrawal of proposed Resolution 105 from consideration by the ABA House of Delegates. The...more

Little Reprieve for Prisoner Zyprexa Suit

Happy birthday, Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the sadistic Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). Happy birthday also to Albert Brooks, writer/director/star of Modern...more

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in Australia: Overview

The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth)(TG Act): - Provides a national framework for the regulation of medicinal products. - Provides a national system to control the quality, safety, efficacy and timely availability...more

The Revolution that Wasn’t: New Jersey’s Direct-To-Consumer Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

The learned intermediary doctrine – in which a manufacturer’s duty to warn runs to the physician, not to the patient – is one of the most potent weapons in the arsenal for a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer faced...more

Unfortunately Disappointing 3D Printing Law Review Article

We’ve blogged before about the interesting product liability issues created by 3D printing/additive manufacturing, in particular the novel separation that these techniques create (at least potentially) between “manufacturing”...more

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