University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center doctor named in lawsuit over fake surgical hardware – Baltimore Sun

This will be an interesting study on accountability for due dilligence and notification when counterfeit part escapes occur. HL

“The University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center is sending letters to about 250 spinal fusion patients who received hardware from a defunct California company accused of selling fake parts. …

The case highlights the growing problem of counterfeit medical devices and drugs that national and international regulators have sought to stem, and raises questions about how to best protect consumers. …

One local lawyer questioned why the recall didn’t prompt hospitals that used the hardware to investigate earlier and notify patients there was a possibility that counterfeit hardware had been implanted. …

… hospitals also have a responsibility to police the supply chain, and one “red flag” is financial arrangements doctors have with equipment and drug makers. … ”

via Baltimore Sun.

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