Mo. Federal Judge Dismisses Implantable Port Action as Untimely




KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a woman alleges a SmartPort CT-Injectable Port caused her to develop a life-threatening infection, ruling that it is barred by the state’s five-year statute of limitations.

In a Dec. 7 order, Judge Douglas Harpool of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found the plaintiff’s doctors knew the cause of her injury when she developed infections in 2012, and at the latest by January 2013 when the SmartPort was surgically removed.

The SmartPort is a totally implantable vascular access device designed to provide …

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