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Study Shows Increase in Medical Device Recalls

by Ryan L. Thompson on 09/10/2012

Medical device recalls in the 2nd quarter 2012 hit a 2-year high, with close to 123 million medical devices being recalled.  However, the increase in the number of medical devices being recalled did not necessarily mean that there were a greater number of recalls this quarter than in the previous quarter.  In fact, the number of recalls actually dropped over the previous quarter.

The number of medical device recalls, as indicated by Food and Drug Administration enforcement reports, dropped by 13% in the 2nd quarter of 2012.  The total number of recalls this quarter was 242, a decline from 277 in the first quarter.  However, these recalls involved close to 123 million units, an increase of close to 50% from the previous quarter.

In fact, that number represents the first time that the number of recalled medical device units has crossed the 100 million mark since Q3 of 2010.

The data was compiled by ExpertRecall Index, which monitors consumer, pharmaceutical drug and medical device recalls.  The ExpertRecall Index also found that approximately 12 million prescription drugs were recalled during the 2nd quarter of 2012.  These drugs accounted for approximately 80% of all recalled pharmaceutical drugs.

San Antonio product liability attorneys know that there is a severe risk to consumers from defective medical devices and the Food and Drug Administration is not unaware of these concerns.  The agency is currently working on a system that can monitor the safety of these products after these devices are released into the market.  The agency has proposed a medical device tracking system that would compile and monitor patient adverse incident reports, and strengthen oversight of the medical device industry.

Tags: Medical Device Mass Torts, Product Liability, San Antonio

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