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The Alere INRatio® monitoring system and test strips, which are used to test a patients’ International Normalized Ratio, have been recently recalled. These Alere products might have caused severe medical repercussions.
If you or a loved one suffered a bleeding injury after an erroneous Alere device’s reading, you should speak with our firm’s Defective Product Department to find out if and how you might be compensated.
Alere Test Strips and Monitor System Producing Incorrect Measurements
The Alere INRatio® and INRatio2® PT/INR monitoring system and test strips have been found to read an inaccurately low International Normalized Ratio (INR). It is allege that manufacturer knew about this potential problem and failed to alert the United States government and healthcare providers in a timely and adequate fashion.
It is also alleged that the monitoring system should have been tested more thoroughly before being so widely marketed and prescribed.
Alere sent a letter to customers stating, “The reason for the adverse event reports was significantly different test results between the Alere INRatio® Professional Test Strip and local laboratory plasma INR.”
Complaints have been filed by 18,924 doctors and patients from across the country. Nine serious adverse events were reported in which three were associated with a patient death.
Medical Issues with Using the Recalled Alere INRatio® Monitoring System and Test Strips
These monitoring systems and test strips are used as an alternative to properly analyzing results through a centralized laboratory plasma INR test. The INRatio® products might produce readings that are anywhere from 3.1 – 12.2 units below a clinical laboratory’s results.
It is possible that the results from the Alere system and test strips could have read normal or near-normal when in fact they were not. Doctors use these readings to make important medical decisions. If the results read normal or near-normal, a doctor won’t know that your body is signaling a serious problem. As a result, severe bleeding injuries can occur that might have been preventable.
How much does it cost to file an Alere INRatio® lawsuit?
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Should our attorneys’ work result in compensation for you, they would get paid from your settlement.
Our legal team has served tens of thousands of injured victims from across the country, helping individuals and families rebuild their lives after unfortunate events.
You can fill out the form or call our Defective Products legal team at: (800) 550-0000. We have people available 24/7 to help you answer your questions.
Why You Should Not Wait to Pursue a Lawsuit (And Why Filing Quickly is In Your Best Interests)
States have laws called “Statutes of Limitations (SOL)” which can place a hard timeline for when victims can file an injury claim. In short, if you don’t file within the appropriate timelines, you might miss your opportunity to file any lawsuit regarding your injuries.
It is in your best interests to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. There are no drawbacks to retaining an attorney quickly. The longer you wait the more likely you are to compromise your rights.
If you or a loved one experienced problems as a result of the faulty Alere INRatio® Monitor or Test Strips, speak with our Defective Products Department today.