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Drug-eluting stents are drug-coated cylindrical-shaped wire mesh devices that are used to prop open arteries. The drug-eluting stents work by propping open the clogged artery and then slowly releasing medication that works to keep scar tissue from forming around the device.

Unfortunately, these innovative medical devices are not without their risks. The drug that keeps the arteries from re-clogging can cause serious side-effects including blood clots, heart attack, and death. The American College of Cardiology estimates that 2,000 people die each year due to complications from drug-eluting stents.

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Study Review shows no benefit of stents in treatment of Coronary Artery Disease

A review of randomized, controlled drug trials revealed that using a drug-coated stent to treat stable coronary artery disease provided no additional benefit over standard medical care. Usage of beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins, and aspirin was found to be just as effective as a drug-eluting stent. An author of the review said that more than half of the patients were treated with a stent before attempting a traditional drug treatment.

According to the New York Times, theories suggest that the line of treatment can also reduce mortality by improving blood flow, yet the researchers found no evidence to support these thoughts.

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If you have been injured or suffered illness due to a recalled drug, having an expert witnesses can be essential to proving your claim. Thomas J. Henry has spent decades building professional relationships with leading experts including:

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Thousands of lawsuits across the country may be filed with a mass tort. These lawsuits are filed in numerous federal district courts. In a mass tort, federal judges will consolidate the thousands of lawsuits into a single proceeding. One judge in a single federal district court will oversee litigation, allowing for consistent rulings and a more expeditious process for the plaintiffs.

A court will consider if a mass tort lawsuit is permissible by determining:

  • whether a large number of plaintiffs are involved
  • whether the plaintiffs are located near or far from each other;
  • whether the injuries sustained are similar among the plaintiffs;
  • whether the claims arose from the same cause (defective toy, car part, oil spill, etc.)

Defective products, such as car parts, toys, or other consumer goods.

Pharmaceutical drugs, such as those that are later linked to severe or fatal health consequences Environmental hazards, such as polluted water sources contaminated by nearby industrial sites or an oil leak.

In a mass tort, each plaintiff (injured person) has an individual claim resulting from their unique damages. In a class action, many plaintiffs are considered collectively. Similarly, in a mass tort, each individual’s claim “value” is unique to the severity of their injuries. In a class action, plaintiffs generally suffer injuries of similar severity, resulting in the same amount of compensation value.

A tort is a civil wrongful act committed by a person or company that results in harm to another person. A mass tort is when multiple victims are injured by the same single tort.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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