I think most of us are raised to believe that we should trust our doctors
and follow their advice. Sure, we should believe that our doctors have
our best interests at heart, but we should also be informed, and sometimes
this means you have to do your own research and act as your own advocate.
It’s not unusual these days to read about medical malpractice lawsuits
regarding faulty, ineffective, or harmful medical devices, such as the
shoulder pain pumps we’ve discussed before. Well, now there’s an
article regarding Allomatrix, made by Wright Medical Technology Inc. and used
as a bone graft substitute. It seems an osteopathic surgeon in West Virginia
used it in surgeries before Allomatrix was even approved by the FDA. Allomatrix
did not show promising results in research studies, but the surgeon used
it anyway. Some allege the surgeon received kickbacks from Wright Medical
and was using Allomatrix in an experimental capacity.
The outcome of the surgeon using Allomatrix? Thirty-three lawsuits against
him, with Wright Medical and EBI Inc., another manufacturer of medical
devices used by the surgeon, named as defendants. Recently Wright Medical
agreed to settle 29 of the 33 lawsuits.
So the moral of the story? Do your due diligence and make sure you are
armed with knowledge!