Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham was alarmed to learn recently that CooperVision, manufacturer of the Avaira line of contact lens products, has expanded an August recall after customers complained of hazy vision, eye discomfort and severe pain. CooperVision’s expanded recall now affects 6.6 million pairs of Avaira Sphere lenses in addition to the previous recall of 600,000 Avaira Toric lenses last summer. CooperVision urges customers who bought and used either type of lens anytime in the last 12 months to check the lot number of the lenses and call 855-526-6737 to see if the lenses are part of the recall.
In another news item that will come as no surprise to Florida residents or Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham, the federal government reports that it has received a surge of complaints in recent months about failed hip replacement devices. Researchers are still studying the dangers of some models of artificial hip devices, particularly metal-on-metal types, but early indications suggest persistent and very serious health consequences in association with faulty artificial hips. The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly received more than 5,000 complaints about metal-on-metal hips since January, more than the FDA has received about hip devices in the previous four years combined.
Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, is urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue a recall for a surgical product designed to help women with a common condition called pelvic organ prolapse. The FDA issued a warning about the product in July, and Public Citizen urges stronger action because the mesh device exposes patients to serious health risks and “the potential for permanent life-altering harm.” On average, around 300,000 women have surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse, which happens when the muscles holding the bladder, bowel and uterus in place are weakened or stretched and these organs drop into the vagina.