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The Flawed Innovation

Human beings’ diverse nature is something that has been a focal point of many discussions, debates, and researches. The spectrum of things we explore mentally and physically is so far-reaching that it’s nearly impossible to cover all the elements that make us who we are, but the more influential ones do get their fair share of time in the limelight. One of the many in this regard is our simple ability to separate right from wrong. As of today, there is no other species in any part of the world that has such a comprehensive moral compass driving their every thought, and consequently, every action. Now, even though our ability to pass judgments over the righteousness of something is pretty straightforward, the different schools of thought amongst humans sometimes end up forming intense debates over this very thing. After all, something that’s wrong for you might not be wrong for someone else and vice versa. Nevertheless, despite there being a known difference between our values, arguements regarding some things have remained wholly alive throughout our history. This clash in opinions has also seeped into the controversial lands of technology. Being probably the most transformative thing humans have ever come across, it was almost a given that technology will incite all sorts of views from across the globe. To this date, many people have put forth a variety of opinions about this phenomenon. However, there was one sphere where it was more of a consensus that technology did more good than harm, and that was medical sphere.

Medical sphere has possibly been technology’s biggest beneficiary, but even here we have countered some negatives, and hullabaloo around NuVasive’s scoliosis devices testifies for that. Recently, NuVasive permanently stopped the sales of its scoliosis devices, MAGEC 1.5 and 2, over biocompatibility concerns.

The move comes after FDA officially warned the company in a safety communication about potential mechanical failures issue incompatibility issues that were becoming increasingly linked with company’s devices. The issue around NuVasive’s MAGEC products first surfaced in 2019 when an urgently published safety notice revealed that a locking pin on older devices could fracture after implantation. Earlier this year, shipments of NuVasive’s MAGEC devices were put on hold, and now with permanent discontinuation of their sales, the company will be returning with a modified version called MAGEC X rod. This modified version obtained FDA’s approval in July 2020.

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