Investigators claim that an untold number of patients were put directly at risk by Boston Scientific Corporation's unsavory business practices. The Food and Drug Administration is currently leading the main investigation into the resin that the company used to make its surgical vaginal mesh product. Female patients all across the United States -- including in Ohio -- were seriously injured because the resin used in the mesh was actually counterfeit.
Asbestos and its handling is heavily regulated due to the serious health complications that it can cause. Although the toxic substance is no longer actively used for construction, its popularity in the past has allowed it to persist in a significant number of existing structures. Disclosure of its presence is necessary for workers who must subsequently take safety precautions in order to prevent dangerous asbestos exposure. A company based outside of Ohio recently had to answer federal charges after it was accused of failing to disclose an asbestos risk to workers.
The safety of many medical procedures hinges on the ability to create a clean and sterile environment for patients in Ohio. This is especially true when a medical device must in some way enter a patient's body, such as duodenoscopes that are typically used for viewing a person's esophagus or duodenum. Olympus Corporation has recently been at the center of claims that its duodenoscope caused serious harm to hundreds of people, and the company could soon be facing product liability suits.
Asbestos victims in Ohio and across of the rest of the nation stand to be victimized a second time, this time by legislative action. A proposed bill titled the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act seeks to disclose the private and personal information of individuals who have been victimized by asbestos exposure. Several groups are lobbying against the bill out of concern that the FACT Act would make it remarkably easy for this type of sensitive information to become compromised.
Asbestos is commonly thought of as a problem of the past, an issue with which only older generations must deal. While it might be true that many people now suffering the tragic and often fatal complications of asbestos exposure are those who worked with or around the substance decades ago, the danger is not yet gone. A recent workplace accident in a state near Ohio exposed what may be an ongoing issue with asbestos in at least one factory.