The Infuse Bone Graft, manufactured and marketed by the company Medtronic, was introduced and approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in the year 2002. At that time it was touted as a miracle drug hat would revolutionize spinal surgery and offer relief to those who were suffering from pain and who required specific spinal surgical procedures.
The bone graft is made up of a protein that encourages bone growth – the product is called recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein. But rhBMP-2 was only initially approved for use in a certain area of the lower back, and though the approvals were extended for other uses, those were restricted to dental repair and tibia repair – not for other areas of the spine.
Dangers of Infuse Bone Grafts
Despite this, Medtronic marketed and encouraged its use for surgeries in the neck and upper spine. This has had disastrous and dangerous results for patients, who have been put at risk and suffered devastating injuries and side effects.
Concerns over the application of the Infuse Bone Graft for off-label uses has been extensive; whistle-blower lawsuits have been filed by insiders that were concerned about the unethical and illegal practices, and a number of Infuse Bone Graft lawsuits have been filed for the damages that the product has caused.
Symptoms of Infuse Bone Grafts
These have included intense pain, the formation of cysts, infertility/sterility in male patients, infection, and even death. Concerns have also been raised about an increased risk of cancer.
If you or a loved one are suffering as a result of a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation for your injuries, your pain and your suffering.
Danziger & De Llano Can Help You
The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano have years of experience in pursuing profit-driven manufacturers who have put their own interests ahead of the health of their patients. We are ready to pursue the highest possible compensation from Medtronic for the harm that was done to you.
As more and more information is coming out about Medtronic’s irresponsible actions and lack of concern for the welfare of patients using their product, the worse the story becomes. Investigations have revealed that the company minimized reports of dangerous or painful side effects that resulted from unapproved uses of their product; there are even reports indicating that Medtronic paid for studies to indicate that the product was safe; this is both a breach of ethics and illegal.
Medtronic Hid the Truth
As a result of Medtronic’s efforts to hide the truth about the Infuse Bone Grafts, thousands of patients were subjected to serious and even deadly side effects.
If you are one of those who was victimized by the use of an Infuse Bone Graft for a purpose other than what it was approved for, then you may be entitled to file an Infuse Bone Graft lawsuit against its manufacturer, Medtronic.
Medtronic Profited While Patients Suffered
It has been reported that because Medtronic encouraged physicians and patients to use their Infuse Bone Graft product for purposes beyond what it had been approved for, it was used in countless inappropriate operations and Medtronic reportedly showed sales of over $900 million dollars.
Those profits came at a tremendous cost to patients, who suffered nerve and spinal cord injury and other serious side effects. As a result, lawsuits are being filed all around the country against the manufacturer, which already paid a $40 million dollar settlement with the United States Department of Justice for marketing the product for purposes it was not approved for.
The company also paid $85 million dollars to shareholders who were outraged at the unethical behavior, and is being investigated by the Senate Finance Committee regarding false advertising and kickbacks.
Danziger & De Llano are Prepared to Fight Medtronic
The egregious actions taken by Medtronic in pursuit of their own profit have put countless victims who were already in pain at serious long-term risk; the companies actions represent negligence, malpractice, concealing information and manufacturing a defective product, as well as concealing side effects and breach of warranty.
The medical and legal terminology aside, Medtronic’s actions have had a profound affect on the lives of patients who were inappropriate treated with this dangerous product. They are in pain, they are facing mounting medical bills and in some cases, they lost their lives.
Contact Us Today For Immediate Assistance
If you or someone you love has been a victim of the unethical, irresponsible actions of Medtronic through the inappropriate marketing and use of the Infuse Bone Graft, the attorneys at Danziger & De Llano can help.
We are gathering information and evidence regarding the injuries suffered by Infuse Bone Graft patients as well as the evidence regarding Medtronic’s actions, and are prepared to pursue the company for the damages suffered by our clients. We can help you too. Contact us today for a free consultation.