Philadelphia personal injury attorneys recently learned that Johnson & Johnson’s ortho unit, Depuy Synthes, is recalling its jaw implant system, the Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, due to increased occurrences of serious injury.
The device, used to lengthen and stabilize the lower jaw, is used on patients with birth or post-trauma defects. A potentially deadly design flaw is the cause of the recall which the FDA has labeled as Class I – a designation reserved for “situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” The FDA also noted, “This could lead to respiratory arrest, and result in death.” Infants are at the highest risk of injury, says the FDA, as device failure can lead to tracheal obstruction.
DePuy Synthes issued an urgent recall notice in April of this year, asking medical providers to remove the dangerous device from their inventories. The units recalled were manufactured between April 2009 and April 2011. They were distributed until April 2014.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have both been under fire for their dangerous and defective products. DePuy recently dealt with claims of deceptive marketing tactics regarding recalled metal-on-metal hip implants and Johnson & Johnson recently withdrew their power morcellator devices, devices used for the laparoscopic removal of uterus or uterine fibroids, from the global market due to risks of spreading cancerous tissue.
Messa & Associates, P.C. is also representing clients against Johnson & Johnson regarding tainted Children’s Tylenol that led to liver failure and death.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving pharmaceutical and drug product injuries from defective products. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured by Tylenol or any other pharmaceutical drug or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More