What are heart valve recalls?
Shiley manufactured and sold the Bjork Shiley Convexo-Concave (BSCC) valve between 1979 and 1986 until it was removed from the market. In that time, approximately 86,000 BSCC valves were believed to have been left in patients with weak or defective heart valves; about 619 valve fractures have been reported to Shiley, two-thirds of which resulted in the patient dying. Though removal of the heart valves has not been required in all cases, decision tools have been published and are available from a trust set up for this purpose during the litigation surrounding the valve”recall; the tools take into account patient age, the size and location of the valve and other factors to come up with a recommendation as to whether surgery to replace the valve is worthwhile. After the BSCC was removed from the market, several lawsuits were filed. If you (or a loved one) have suffered an injury due to a defective Bjork Shiley Convexo-Concave valve, you may qualify for a lawsuit. Contact an attorney.