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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Protecting Patients from Defective Medical Devices

On August 4, patients from across the country who have been harmed by defective medical devices will travel to attend a hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The 2:30 PM hearing, entitled “Protecting Patients from Defective Medical Devices” will be preceded by a press conference from 12:00 - 1:00 PM in the Russell Senate building room 485.

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron will open the press conference, with Senator Harkin (D-IA) and several medical device patients speaking about why Congress must quickly take action to pass the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009. The event will also feature a screening of AFJ's film “Hit and Run”. If you are interested in attending the press conference please contact Lisa Hayes at LHayes@afj.org or 202-822-6070.


Jeanne said...

My hope is that Congress will pass this bill. My 30 year old granddaughter died in Dec-2008 because of a defective Fidalis lead that had been implanted. Companies need to make sure their medical devices are safe before they are sent to the FDA for approval. In this case, they were not safe and were passed on to the FDA anyway. There are too many victims, either dying or suffering extremely painful shocks and the mental anguish of having that same experience over and over. In my granddaughter's case, she was a young woman who was looking forward to a wonderful future but it was taken from her because of this defective device. This never should have happened! Patients and doctors want to trust the medical device companies that their products are safe and have been thoroughly reviewed and tested before they are implanted in patients who need them. If they are defective, the medical companies should be held responsible for this.

Jacqualyn B. Jones said...

My husband had a Medtronic Defibulator implanted May 30,2007 Medtronic knew some months before that their product was not reliable. Our lives were turned up-side-down as he is very depressed and feels that moving around will make the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads # 6949 break -It has caused a great deal of worry and depression . So I hope you can help people who have a lot of problems regarding these Medical Devices
Jacqualyn B. Jones