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Medical products and medicines
Companies that produce medical products and medicines are held to a very high standard of quality in research, design and manufacturing. No products can reach patients unless they have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that risks to the patient’s health such as side effects are at acceptable levels. Most medicines carry some risk of side effects, which can range from mildly inconvenient to life threatening at the worst. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to manage these risks through proper medical skill.
Injury and illness from defective medical products
However, injury or illness can still occur through the use of medical products even if the medical professional has acted in accordance with professional standards. If the companies responsible for researching, designing and producing the medical products have failed to act reasonably the product in question may be unfit for use. If the product has not been properly designed it can pose a risk to health. For example, the design of a particular medicine might not have been checked for allergic reactions properly, or it might combine dangerously with other medications. Alternatively, there might be a flaw in the manufacturing process of the product. Contamination with dangerous ingredients or infectious disease has been known to occur.
Defective medical products pose a particularly serious risk to health because victims of these products are often already in a poor state of health and so are especially vulnerable to further illness or injury. It is therefore vital that quality standards are upheld across the industry.
Defective medical products - areas of specialism
- Defective knee joints
- Defective hip joints
- Defective surgical instruments
- Defective blood products
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