Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft
An Infuse® Bone Graft lawsuit may be an option for you if you were injured as the result of a surgery using this device. Life threatening injuries which may result from the use of an infuse bone graft include:
- Increased cancer risk, especially pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers
- Respiratory failure
- Uncontrolled bone growth
- Nerve damage
- Erectile dysfunction
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Additional surgeries to remove unwanted bone formation
- Bone dissolution
- Worsened back and radiating leg pain
Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit
Life-threatening injuries are caused by Medtronic's Infuse Bone Graft, especially after doctor's use it in off-label surgeries. Although the FDA approved the Infuse Bone Graft for use in lower spine-repair surgery to promote bone growth, Medtronic allegedly promotes its use to doctors for non-FDA-approved surgeries including cervical fusion or lumbar fusion. Such unapproved or off-label uses have caused serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects. If an injury was suffered as a result of an Infuse Bone Graft, on or off-lable, you may have grounds for an Infuse Bone Graft lawsuit.
U.S. Senate Finance Committee Investigation
In an effort to learn more about Medtronic's promotion of Infuse Bone Grafts for off-label purposes, the Senate Finance Committee produced a report based on thousands of documents from Medtronic to investigate a numberof published medical studies that encouraged doctors to begin using the bone grafts for off-label surgeries. The Senate report found that Medtronic had been deeply involved in the drafting, editing and shaping the content that went into the medical journal articles that had encouraged off-label use of the bone grafts.
In total, authors of the published medical studies were also found to have been paid $210 million by Medtronic for unrelated work between 1996 and 2010.