Written by Maria Fontanazza for Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry Magazine
Clinical trial litigation is on the rise in the drug arena, and the effects could soon spread to the device industry. The Legal Times (Washington, DC) has reported that lawsuits are increasing and often pursue every person and institution in their paths. If device manufacturers want to avoid legal action, they need to protect themselves by making sure they’re not cutting corners.
The first step is to hire the proper staff to monitor clinical trials, says Steven Mayo, president of Austin, TX–based Emissary International, a contract research organization. "America seems to be in a lawsuit craze, and the number of high-profile lawsuits seems to be increasing," says Mayo. "The class-action lawsuit trend is a negative [development] that’s really affecting [the device] industry."
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