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Pennsylvania folks may have used dangerous products

Johnson & Johnson are the manufacturers of a group of medical products that may have caused injury or illness to patients in Pennsylvania and around the country. More than 157,000 units of the dangerous products were shipped before the recall was issued. Now, the hemorrhoid treatments that were found to be dangerous products are the subject of a class 1 rating, the FDA's highest danger warning for consumers.

The medical devices that have been found to be dangerous products include the Proximate PPH hemorrhoidal circular stapler and accessories, the Proximate HCS hemorrhoidal circular stapler and accessories and the Transtar circular stapler procedure set. Some of these may have been used on patients in Pennsylvania for the treatment of hemorrhoids. It appears that, according to one report, the devices do not fire properly, thus affecting their performance.

In addition, the dangerous products have been found to be so dangerous that they could cause death in patients who are treated with them. For those lucky enough to survive, they may find that they have symptoms that include severe pain, sepsis and bleeding. Each of these can cause damage to the individual who suffers them.

If a person in our state or elsewhere finds that they have used these dangerous products for the treatment of their medical conditions, they may wish to seek medical attention. This visit to the doctor may include a review of all symptoms to ensure that the individual who has used the devices is physically well. However, if that is not the case, a detailed record of all medical care should be kept in case a personal injury claim needs to be made against the manufacturer.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, "Oops! Johnson & Johnson Forced to Recall This Dangerous Product," Martin Armstrong, Oct. 29, 2012

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