West Virginia residents may be impacted by a recent medical device recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had to recall more than 1,000 portable oxygen devices made by OxySure Therapeutics Inc., specifically the 615 Model. These defective medical devices were found to ineffectively deliver oxygen, and they were also found to have problems with chemical reactions in the canisters, which could result in explosions.
The purpose of the OxySure Portable Emergency Oxygen System is to produce oxygen in cases of emergency. However, the FDA has gotten many complaints about adverse effects linked to using the device. Some of these issues, besides insufficient oxygen flow and chemical reactions, include burns and re-breathing of gases that have been exhaled.
The FDA has expressed concern that users of the devices may suffer significant health consequences, including death. Since June 2013, OxySure has distributed a minimum of 1,000 units throughout the United States. The FDA urges consumers to use an alternative emergency oxygen device instead — one that has been approved by the FDA.
If people in West Virginia end up losing their lives as a result of defective medical devices, their surviving loved ones have the right to file product liability claims against the device manufacturers and/or others in the supply line to the consumer. If damages are awarded in a liability case, they may help to cover the victim’s burial expenses and even the loss of support for the victim’s dependents. Claims for damages will be decided once liability is established by the submission of appropriate evidence.
Source: gasworld.com, “The FDA recalls thousands of OxySure’s faulty portable oxygen systems throughout the US“, Rhea Healy, March 30, 2016