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Recalls of medical devices and drugs are up - can anyone predict when it will happen next?

From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.

In fact, medical product recalls – in particular severe, life-threatening pharmaceutical drug and medical device recalls – have increased steadily over the last decade.

It is no surprise that medical product recalls are universally negative events. Firms seek to avoid them, customers despise them, and federal regulators are forced to oversee them. They are associated with millions…

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