The Cypher Stent is a device used for heart attack patients and those with angina. Approved by the FDA in 2003, the metal gadget releases medication that helps prevent plaque build-up in the arteries. The Cypher Stent is manufactured by health product giant, Johnson & Johnson.Three years after being approved by the FDA, information about the Cypher Stent’s dangerous possible side effects was released in a report from the Cleveland Clinic, a highly ranked hospital in the United States. The most severe reported side effects include blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, death and other issues. Milder reactions to the stent may include hives, itching, fever, pain, and other forms of discomfort. Hundreds of patients have reported experiencing a broad range of these symptoms after being treated with a Cypher Stent device.
Taking Legal Action
For the Cypher Stent and other products that contribute to health problems or injuries to patients, injured victims can take legal action to be compensated for any damages accrued that can be linked to their use. Product liability is a category under personal injury law that outlines provisions for compensating those injured for medical expenses, rehabilitation requirements, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages that using a defective or dangerous product may cause.
Injuries caused by dangerous drugs and defective products have become a widespread issue in the United States. By choosing to take the initiative to see that those at fault are legally held accountable, individuals and attorneys have the ability to persuade manufacturers and product developers to take more preventative measures to ensure the public safety from products that could cause them harm. Many hope that these kinds of initiatives will inspire change for more thorough product testing and awareness of social responsibility.