In the past 10 years, medical device recalls have almost doubled. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report, in 2003, the number of medical devices recalled was 604, which nearly doubled to 1,190 by 2012. The most common reasons for recalling the medical devices are:
- 36% had software and design failures
- 26% contained faulty materials or components
- 17% were errors in process control
Even though companies attribute the increase of recalls to awareness and efforts to improve safety, if the initial problems causing the recalls were fixed, almost 400 recalls annually could be prevented.
Medical devices that contain faulty equipment or other defects or failures can cause more harm than good. Some medical devices can cause life-time complications and pain. If you have suffered an injury from a manufacturing company or someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI to speak to a defective medical products attorney or fill out a free case evaluation.