Class action filed against makers of Pain Pumps

    Lawsuit filed for Canadians suffering chondrolysis due to medical device

    SASKATOON, March 3 /CNW/ - A class action has been filed by Saskatchewan
residents Sean Schroeder and Curtis Veinot against Donjoy Inc. and affiliated
companies on behalf of Canadians injured by pain pumps. These are portable
medical devices which deliver local anesthetic directly to a surgical site
following surgery. Donjoy's products have been linked to a serious adverse
reaction known as chondrolysis. This is a painful and debilitating condition
involving a loss of cartilage. It entails premature destruction of the joint
surface and can result in functional disability. Joint replacement surgery may
be necessary.
    Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Veinot both underwent shoulder surgery in which
Donjoy pain pumps were used. Their shoulder joints have never been the same
since. Both have developed chondrolysis, and suffer chronic pain and
disability. Their lawyer, David Klein, says "We allege that Donjoy failed to
adequately test its product before marketing it, and that it failed to
properly warn doctors and patients about the risks of chondrolysis. We are
very concerned that the product is still being marketed and used in a manner
that is unsafe for patients."

    Klein Lyons is one of Canada's most experienced class action law firms in
a broad range of areas including pharmaceuticals, defective products and
commercial litigation.

For further information:

For further information: David Klein, Klein Lyons, Barristers and
Solicitors, Suite 1100, 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., Tel: (604)
874-7171, Fax: (604) 874-7180, web:

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