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Two Surgeons Working with Intuitive Surgical to Promote the da Vinci Surgical Robot ‘Downplayed Risks,’ Reports the Orange County Register; Parker Waichman LLP Responds
Date:9/26/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, notes that an Orange County Register (OC Register) report published on Sept. 20 highlights the fact that two top surgeons with the University of California (UC) at Irvine have been working with Intuitive Surgical to tout the company’s da Vinci surgical robot “despite a lack of reliable scientific evidence showing that it is safe or gives patients better results.”

In sales presentations, Intuitive has highlighted the praise for its surgical robot included in scientific papers written by the two surgeons, according to the OC Register report, which added that the surgeons also extolled the da Vinci surgical robot in lectures they gave “while travel[ing] the world,” talking to “thousands of physicians.” At the same time, the two repeatedly downplayed any da Vinci risks and proclaimed that a doctor can quickly learn to safely use the robot, according to the Sept. 20 OC Register report.

In the time since this da Vinci robot promotional effort debuted, the devices have found homes in “hundreds” of hospitals, the OC Register reports, adding that, at the same time, there are mounting concerns about the surgical robot. A July 19 Bloomberg report noted that this past February, following a rise in da Vinci robot adverse event reports that included as many as 70 deaths since 2009, U.S. regulators started surveying surgeons ab
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