(PRWEB) June 28, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alleged that da Vinci surgical robot maker Intuitive Surgical warned customers before the FDA about a potentially dangerous issue with the da Vinci in 2011, breaking an established regulatory protocol. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, a da Vinci law firm that explains da Vinci lawsuits and side effects at http://www.davincilawsuit.net, notes that this is yet another FDA announcement involving the company following a previous one in April 2013.
According to CNBC*, Intuitive notified surgeons about proper protocols for tip covers and for the correct generators to be used with those instruments. The FDA said the “correction” was in response to complaints about problems with electrical currents jumping from the equipment to patients during surgery, leading to injury. However, the article said, the company did not first warn the FDA.
“The type of letter the FDA sent Intuitive is not a final determination, but it does mean that the FDA considered Intuitive in violation of regulations,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “The issue addressed—the ‘arcing’ of electricity from the surgical tools to the patient—could cause the patient internal burns, an alleged side effect that we often hear about when fielding phone calls from potential plaintiffs.”
Intuitive Surgical asserts that it is fully committed to superior training opportunities for surgeons and surgical teams in the use of its products, but notes that it does not participate in determining when a surgeon is adequately prepared to operate using the da Vinci Surgical System. According to a USA Today article, the da Vinci surgical robot was used in about 400,000 surgeries in 2012.** Recently CNBC aired a documentary about the da Vinci, focusing on the potential dangers. In May 2013 Intuitive defeated a negligent training claim in court (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc.; 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, Port Orchard, Wash.).
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*cnbc.com/id/100843549 (June 25, 2013)
**usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/09/robot-surgery-fda/2067629/ (April 9, 2013)
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