“Failure to Train” Not a Basis for Suing Medtech Firms

lawsuitmoneyIn late April, the California Court of Appeals delivered a blow to plaintiffs who file lawsuits against medical device manufacturers based on an alleged “failure to train” physicians on how to use prescription medical devices. The decision in Glennen v. Allergan is significant because the field of available product liability claims against Class III manufacturers has narrowed considerably since 2008, when the United States Supreme Court held that lawsuits challenging the safety and efficacy of devices approved by FDA are federally preempted.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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