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Calif. Federal SynchroMed II Action Dismissed With Prejudice for Lack of Causation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a Medtronic SynchroMed II pain pump action, ruling that while the claims of manufacturing defect and failure-to-warn were not preempted, they were insufficiently pled.

In an Oct. 13 order, Judge Dale Drozd of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California found the plaintiff failed to link Medtronic’s alleged failure to report adverse events to the FDA to his specific device and therefore did not establish a causal connection between Medtronic’s actions and his injury.

Michael Martin was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis and lumbar degenerative disc disease ...

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