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Illustration of a Paragard copper IUD representing the lawsuits transferred to a female judge in Georgia.

Paragard IUD Lawsuits Transferred to Female Judge in Georgia

Carah Wertheimer · January 26, 2021

Paragard copper IUD lawsuits filed by women from 23 states were grouped together and transferred to federal court in Atlanta late last year.

Legal Developments
Image of a woman holding her stomach, representing fibroid surgery safety recommendations by the FDA.

Fibroid Removal Safety Recommendations Updated by FDA

Carah Wertheimer · January 7, 2021

The FDA has finalized safety recommendations for the use of power morcellators in surgeries to remove fibroids.

FDA Regulation
Image of a hand holding a Paragard copper IUD, representing the lawsuits.

Paragard IUD Lawsuits Best Handled by Female Judge, Attorney Says

Carah Wertheimer · December 8, 2020

A personal injury lawyer representing Paragard IUD clients suggested a female judge be assigned a pending Paragard class action lawsuit.

Women's Health
Illustration of gloved hands holding breast implants that have a black box warning with the new FDA guidance.

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

James Parker · October 2, 2020

The FDA has issued a final warning label and new guidance to inform patients of the potential risks associated with breast implants. 

Women's Health
Image of a person holding a Paragard copper IUD in their palm.

Paragard Lawsuit Claims Copper IUD Broke in Uterus

MedTruth Editors · September 3, 2020

A woman is suing the maker of the Paragard intrauterine device after part of the copper IUD broke off in her uterus during removal.

Women's Health
Photo of Dick Van Dyke speaking at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon.

Dental Implant Complications: Dick Van Dyke's Painful Story

Akilah Wise · September 2, 2020

Dick Van Dyke experienced excruciating headaches, chronic fatigue and insomnia despite tests coming back normal. He turned to Twitter for answers.

Health Features
Image of a uterus representing Bayer's Essure permanent birth control settlement.

Essure Settlement Costs Bayer $1.6 Billion

MedTruth Editors · August 20, 2020

Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S. claims brought by women who said they were sickened or harmed by Essure permanent birth control.

Legal Developments
Image of a woman holding her pelvic area in pain, due to toxic metals from Essure side effects.

Toxic Metal Elements Potentially Linked to Essure Side Effects

T.J. La · August 12, 2020

A French study found metal particles in the bodies of women with Essure implants, which may be due to corrosion of the device.

Women's Health
Woman holding her stomach in pain due to Essure, linked to heavy periods and chronic pelvic pain.

Essure Linked to Heavy Periods and Chronic Pelvic Pain

T.J. La · August 11, 2020

Women implanted with the Essure sterilization device reported experiencing heavier periods and more pelvic or abdominal pain than patients who’d had their tubes tied, according to new data from the device-maker Bayer.

Women's Health
Image of a person's hands on breast implants, representing breast implant illness diagnostic code.

Is It Time to Recognize Breast Implant Illness as a Medical Condition?

Lauren Styx · August 6, 2020

A petition sponsored by the Breast Implant Safety Alliance is calling for the CDC and FDA to develop a medical code for breast implant illness.

Health Features
Person on laptop during FDA reporting hiatus.

Adverse Event Reporting Resumes After COVID Hiatus

James Parker · June 24, 2020

The slowdown in adverse event reporting can be attributed to an official regulatory pause for a period of two months. 

FDA Regulation
Man attached to infusion therapy machine representing the CME Pump Recall.

CME Pump Recall Initiated For Inaccurate Medication Dispensing

James Parker · April 13, 2020

CME America’s BodyGuard Infusion Pump Systems have been recalled due to potentially fatal defects in medication dispersal.

FDA Regulation
Image of a brain scan of an aneurysm patient, representing the FDA Pipeline embolization recall.

FDA Pipeline Recall Initiated to Protect Aneurysm Patients

James Parker · April 9, 2020

The FDA has recalled Medtronic's Pipeline Flex Embolization products after the organization discovered that the device could fracture during or after placement.

FDA Regulation
Image of empty hospital bed representing medical device removal surgeries halted by the Coronavirus pandemic

Medical Device Removal Surgeries Delayed by Coronavirus Pandemic

Nicole Knight · March 26, 2020

Patients who have been implanted with medical devices face uncertainty over when they can have an unwanted device removed or receive treatment for device-related complications.

News
Photo of Frances Scott, who suffered cobalt toxicity after hip implants, and other advocates of Medical Device Problems group while they lobbied at the Capitol for the Medical Device Safety Act.

Cobalt Toxicity: The Poison in Her Hip Replacement

S. Nicole Lane · June 28, 2019

Frances was 39 when she had cobalt alloy hips implanted. Within weeks, her skin broke out in boils. Within months, she faced effects ranging from memory loss and visual disturbances to severe tinnitus and PTSD-like rage/anxiety attacks. The effects of cobalt toxicity on the brain are evident.

Patient Stories
Toilet with plunger representing bowel problems after hernia mesh surgery

5 Signs You Have Hernia Mesh Complications

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2018

More than one million hernia repairs are performed each year. After a hernia mesh surgery, a non-healing wound may develop and the following surgeries could require longer recovery times. Here's how to identify the most common hernia mesh complications.

Health Features
A group of chairs representing Congress' work on Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardians Act to improve medical device safety.

Could These New Bills Improve Medical Device Safety?

Ashley Lombardo · May 28, 2016

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick proposes two bills, Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardians Act, to improve regulations for medical device safety based on injuries related to Essure and power morcellators.

Laws + Congress