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Halyard Health rejects charges in 60 Minutes story

Monday, May 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristen Pappaterra
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Halyard Health Inc. (NYSE: HYH) has fired back at a story “60 Minutes” aired May 1 claiming the company provided faulty surgical gowns to U.S. hospitals and aboard during the Ebola breakout.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Halyard said the “60 Minutes” story is a “rehashing of a class action lawsuit filed in 2014.”

“At the center of the story was a test conducted by a competitor in 2012,” Halyard said. “The story included no new information, but left the false impression that the gowns pose a safety risk and have been the subject of frequent complaints by healthcare providers of strikethrough. As the evidence confirms -- and counter to the claims made by the plaintiff’s attorney and 60 Minutes -- MICROCOOL gowns have an exceptional record of safety and efficacy.”

Halyard Health said it sold more than 58 million MICROCOOL gowns since 2011 without a single complaint of personal injury due to a failure in barrier protection.

“Beyond the company’s own data, there has never been a reported infection due to barrier failure by any health organization or medical journal with respect to any surgical gown,” it added. “In the story, 60 Minutes acknowledged that the risk associated with a strike-though is ‘exceptionally low.’”

Source. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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