Recent studies and reports allege that the Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft may cause serious complications, including sterility, among males who have been treated with the genetically engineered bone growth protein since 2002 when it became widely used in spinal fusions.
In contrast to early industry-sponsored clinical research that found no link between the Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft and health complications, more recent research has associated the bone growth protein with early inflammatory reactions, cancer, osteolysis, infection, implant dislodgement and occasional life-threatening complications, according to The Spine Journal.
In a recent edition of the medical journal, a study suggests that the INFUSE Bone Graft may cause a higher incidence of male sterility than previously indicated by doctors involved in the INFUSE® Bone Graft's clinical trials. Those surgeons received millions of dollars from Medtronic for other unrelated work, according to the Wall Street Journal.
If you or a loved one has been treated with the Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft and experienced any of these health problems, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more through a Medtronic infuse lawsuit.
Gordon & Doner can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
An Estimated 900,000 Patients May Have Used the Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft
Medtronic is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company reported $15.8 billion in revenue for the 2010 fiscal year. Sales of the INFUSE® Bone Graft may have reached $750 million in the last fiscal year, the Associated Press has reported. The AP estimates that nearly 900,000 patients have been treated with the medical product.
The company's website describes the INFUSE® Bone Graft and its active ingredient, rhBMP-2, as a "genetically engineered version of a naturally occurring protein that is capable of initiating bone growth in specific, targeted areas of the spine."
It is commonly used in anterior lumbar fusion procedures, or lower-back spine repair surgery, and the treatment of degenerative disc disease. The New York Times reports that 80,000 patients undergo that spinal fusion procedure each year, with the INFUSE® Bone Graft being used in nearly half of those procedures.
According to the New York Times, a medical journal article that came out shortly after the Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft had been approved by the FDA in 2002 failed to find a connection between male sterility and the product.
However, last month, a study by a Stanford University researcher made starkly different findings. The study revealed a higher rate of temporary or permanent sterility among men who used the INFUSE® Bone Graft than those who did not.
If you or someone you love suffered life-changing side effects, such as sterility, you may be entitled to file a Medtronic infuse Bone Graft lawsuit. The experienced class action lawyers at Gordon & Doner can help you determine your legal options.
We Can Help Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft Patients
At Gordon & Doner, our defective medical product lawyers are skilled and experienced in product liability litigation. We are in the process of researching claims against Medtronic, the manufacturer of the INFUSE® Bone Graft, and others in the chain of the product's distribution to patients. In some cases, physicians may have employed "off-label" uses of the Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft, such as cervical spine fusions, which may have caused health difficulties.
Our defective medical product attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate this matter and help you obtain compensation that may help you pay for emergency medical procedures and follow up treatments, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims may be entitled to file a Medtronic infuse bone graft lawsuit.
Contact Gordon & Doner's Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft Attorneys
If you believe you may be suffering serious side effects from approved or off-label uses of the Medtronic INFUSE® Bone Graft, the defective medical device lawyers at Gordon & Doner can provide you with information about your right to file a Medtronic infuse lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 1 (855) 722-2552 or using our convenient online contact form.