I-Flow, a popular shoulder pain pump manufacturer, settled with the plaintiffs who claim that their shoulder was injured by the use of the company’s pain pump devices. The company’s decision to settle with the plaintiffs follows a failed attempt to have the lawsuits dismissed in a federal court in Ohio. Just one week before the settlement was reached, Judge Spiegel denied summary judgment.
All five of the lawsuits claim that the shoulder pain pumps used during and after arthroscopic surgery destroyed the victims shoulder cartilage, leading to chondrolysis.
I-Flow had instructed physicians to place the catheter portion of the pain pumps directly into patients’ shoulder joints to infuse pain medicine. However, the procedure was never approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the FDA required pain pump manufacturers, such as I-Flow, to include warnings on the devices about the risk of chondrolysis.
According to these lawsuits, I-Flow knew about the injuries, but failed to warn patients and surgeons of the risks associated with the shoulder pain pumps.
Currently, there are a minimum of 150 similar lawsuits pending against manufacturers of the shoulder pain pumps. The lawsuits allege that patients and doctors were not warned of the risks associated with the procedure.