Each year new products are made and distributed to retail stores, but unfortunately each year many of those same products cause injuries or even wrongful deaths to consumers.
Manufacturers and suppliers are required to provide warnings, give proper instruction and inform the consumer of any of the possible risks that come with using their products. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys know that when companies fail to do that, injuries and products liability accidents happen.
In recent design defect news the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that four New Jersey congressman and a former FDA commissioner influenced the decision to approve a patch for injured knees. The patch which is called Menaflex is a pad that is used to repair a torn or damaged meniscus which is the cushion between knee bones.
For many years prior to it’s approval Menaflex — manufactured by ReGen Biologics Inc. — was deemed to be unsafe for use in patients because it often failed, forcing patients to get another operation. But Menaflex was then approved for use after other members of the FDA began to get pressured by New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg and Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. and Steven R. Rothman.
Despite the product being unsafe for use these politicians pressured members of the FDA in order to get it approved for use in patients ignoring the potential helath risks. Their motive for pressuring the FDA was money. These politicians received money from ReGen in order to endorse their product.
When questioned about their alleged conflict of interest in endorsing the approval of Menaflex all four members of Congress denied that ReGen’s political contributions had played any role in their efforts on its behalf with the F.D.A. and said they were merely doing their jobs by trying to help a company.
As of now no action is being taken against the members of Congress.
If you are injured from a defective product, product liability law practiced by a qualified and professional personal injury lawyer helps you hold these organizations responsible for any injuries their products cause you.
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