Recently there have been a number of studies published about the potential dangers of Medtronic’s bioengineered bone growth treatment. On discovering the numerous side effects associated with the Infusion Bone Graft, the Senate Finance Committee has begun investigating the researchers who had offered their consulting services in exchange for large sums of money. Whistleblower lawsuits and product liability claims filed by injured patients are claiming that Medtronic was aware of the dangers of their product and had used their financial influence to prevent the public from learning the facts. If you have been treated with the Infuse implants, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim against Medtronic. It is strongly recommended you seek legal assistance from a professional defective medical device lawyer.
Researchers Paid by Medtronic
Medtronic is a billion dollar company, and is the largest medical technology company in the world. But instead of using their limitless resources to conduct trials and research to ensure the safety and efficacy of their product, the Senate Finance Committee is concerned Medtronic used its financial resources to buy the corroboration of respected doctors and other medical professionals. Within the past decade, Medtronic has paid researchers, authors of papers, spinal surgeons and hospitals and universities throughout the U.S. tens of millions of dollars in consulting fees and royalty payments.
The credibility of the thirteen papers published based on Medtronic funded research has been questioned by numerous the Spinal Journal, other doctors, and consumer watchdog associations. In one particular case, one Dr. Burkus who happened to receive more than $1.5 million from Medtronic also neglected to report the finding that the Infuse treatment had been associated with male fertility, claiming that that Infuse had no adverse effects on patients. In direct contradiction, another independent study by researchers at Stanford University found that patients treated with Infuse were much more susceptible to male sterility than patients who had been treated with bone graft.
Infuse Side Effects
Ectopic bone growth is another side effect that had been discovered in earlier studies but was not reported by researchers. The data of the early clinical trials revealed that approximately 70% of patients developed extra bone growth causing further pain and complications to patients already suffering from spinal injuries. Other side effects caused by Infuse are:
- Respiratory problems
- Speaking difficulties
- Chronic pain
- Loss of mobility
- Uncontrolled bone growth
- Retrograde ejaculation in male patients
- Nerve damage
Legal Help for Infuse Patients
Patients who have been harmed by the dangerous treatment may be eligible to file a product liability claim, holding Medtronic liable for the damages incurred as a result of their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered severe complications related to an Infuse Bone Graft treatment, please contact our Medtronic bone graft lawyers for a free consultation.