The law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs LLC has some of their top attorneys leading a fight in product liability for shoulder pain pump manufacturers.  About two dozen plaintiffs allege that manufacturers openly  their products into surgeons’ hands without the expressed and written consent of the Food and Drug Administration.  Pain pumps inject local anesthetics through a catheter in the shoulder and have been linked to a condition known as Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis.  The condition is debilitating and most of the plaintiffs will undergo shoulder replacements.  Chondrolysis and its association with anesthetic infusion devices received national attention in late 2007 when it was reported that pain pumps were linked to irreversible shoulder cartilage damage.  16 lawsuits and one class action have been filed in federal courts.  Plaintiffs allege that manufacturers failed to properly test and warn physicians about inserting the pump directly into the shoulder joint.  Some of the manufacturers liable are the I-Flow Corporation and Stryker Corporation.  AstraZeneca, an anesthetic manufacturer, is also being sued. 


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