Companies that manufacture and sell products to consumers are supposed to take reasonable steps to ensure their products are safe for people to use as intended. However, for a variety of reasons, some products turn out to be unsafe, and people get hurt as a result. This is known as a product liability case, of which there are three primary varieties:… Read the rest
For several years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing a set of guidelines proposed in 2004 for advertising medical devices. Now, a television advertisement for a heart stent, metal mesh devices that are used to prop open arteries after they have been cleared of blockages, has been scrutinized and attacked in an op-ed article for failing to adequately warn consumers about the potential dangers of receiving a stent, including a ruptured coronary artery. The ad does warn of heart attack and stroke.
The ad for the Cypher stent, made by the Cordis subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, … Read the rest