Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dangerous Precedent ~ Supreme Court Gives Med Device Industry a Free Ride Because FDA Claims Device is "Safe"

Note from Ilena: Even at a time when the FDA has admitted many of it's failings ... the Supreme Court gives the industry a free ride because this product, (like breast implants)  is considered 'safe' by the FDA.

"The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak." Read FDA report here (opens pdf). Full index here.

The Supreme Court is making it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices.

In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against the estate of a patient who suffered serious injuries when a catheter burst during a medical procedure.  More here.