Phillips and Cohen partner Colette Matzzie talked to Stat News about drug and medical device safety.
While physicians aren’t liable for the situation, it’s clear that there are gaps in physician understanding of medical devices. Unlike drugs, most devices are not subject to standardized, placebo-controlled trials35 that doctors can quickly turn to when evaluating options for a patient. Without robust education and data, and with a clear reimbursement pathway already in hand, doctors may not be empowered or invested in probing problems with a device.
“It is incumbent upon all the participants in health care to ensure the safe use of devices and drugs,” said Colette Matzzie, a whistleblower lawyer with Phillips & Cohen.
Read the entire article, “Lured by a bigger payday, a medical device maker sold fake plastic parts. Many were implanted in chronic pain patients,” Stat News, May 30, 2023.