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How To Safeguard Patients from Counterfeit Medical Implants and Improved Recall Accuracy

By Larry Donnelly – May 27, 2016

 

New technology tracks medical implants; guards against counterfeits and offers ability to match recalls with patients. Matrix Medical announces the comprehensive TRACTUS solution to fill an industry requirement. Tractus is fully integrated to the GUDID and fulfills UDI requirements laid out by FDA.

Darcy Eisenman has had her share of troubles with medical implants. She’s had numerous failed surgeries; a recalled bone growth stimulator, prolonged disability, unbearable pain and numerous complications.

Recently, Darcy received a “bad news” letter from the hospital about the medical devices her spine surgeon implanted. The letter said that the devices implanted into her back may be counterfeit. In order to determine the authenticity of her implants, another surgery would be needed to remove and inspect the
medical implants.

“That surgery would have been sooner rather than later,” Darcy said “because a screw has since backed out and is resting on a nerve, causing me terrible pain.” Further, she said “I can’t find a surgeon to operate on me because of the complications caused by all of my failed surgeries.”

At the head of the controversy is a Wisconsin neurosurgeon and a California implant company alleged to have produced knockoff spinal screws and rods out of a non-medical grade machine shop.

 

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President of Ortho Spine Partners and Partner for The De Angelis Group. He also serves as Co-Founder and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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