Pain Pumps: The Next Medical Device Litigation Wave?

Law360, New York (May 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Some in the plaintiff's personal injury bar are focusing on an article that appeared in The American Journal of Sports Medicine in October 2007[1] as a harbinger of the next wave of defective medical device cases.

The medical journal article discusses an association between shoulder "pain pumps" and a rare condition, Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL). The condition, which is characterized by a loss of cartilage in the shoulder joint, can be catastrophic for patients in that PAGCL has no established effective treatment.

While many of the...
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