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Friday, January 11, 2013

Ninth Circuit Allows Failure to Warn Medical Device Case to Proceed

Muddling the preemption waters, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff can bring a state law failure to warn claim against a medical device manufacturer.  The court found the claim was not preempted by the Medical Device Amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.   A copy of the opinion is here.  The Recorder (via has more.

Thanks to Lisa Smith-Butler for the alert.


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We've actually seen this happen with the mass tort Granuflo lawsuits our firm is currently handling. Granuflo realized that their dry acid products increased the chance of heart attack by 8 times. Written communications proved that they informed their own doctors but not the doctors at separate dialysis clinics.

New York Times posted a little about it as well. What a shame that such lucrative companies make decisions that hurt so many

Posted by: Estey Bomberger | Jan 11, 2013 10:32:57 AM

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