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Defective Product Claims

Manufacturers of medical equipment of supplies have a clear responsibility towards patients that the equipment is fit for use and medical supplies, drugs and treatments will be as effective as possible whilst giving the least side effects possible. If these responsibilities have been neglected, it can cause serious consequences to patients and families of those concerned.

The control and regulation of medical products is administered by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Authority (MHRA). This UK government organisation exists to protect the general public by ensuring that medical products and medicines are safe and effective.

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What is a medical product?

A medical product is a type of device which is designed to help with the diagnosis of a disease and/or its treatment. These products can ease chronic disease, illness or injury and in some situations, can extend life expectancy.

Plus as technology advances these products become ever more sophisticated and as a result of this, prove even more effective in the diagnosis and treatment of a chronic condition.

Specific areas where cases have been bought in the UK about are:

  • Hip joints – Metal-on-metal implants have recently come under fire due to design flaws and early failure rates. Several manufacturers – including DePuy and Stryker — have recalled one or more all-metal hip implant products
  • Heart valves
  • Corneal implants
  • Cosmetic implants – PIP breast implants
  • Replacement knee joints
  • Contraceptive devices
  • Surgical Mesh – Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)
  • Medication – The use of Sodium Valproate during pregnancy

It may be the case that the equipment used during a procedure was deemed to be defective or alternatively in terms of medicines or treatments, it could be the case that the medicine or treatment was not rigorously tested before being introduced or it was manufactured incorrectly. In instances such as these there could be a case for bringing about a medical negligence claim for compensation.

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