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FDA Warns of Medical Effects that Can Occur with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided information to the public advising of potential medical effects that can occur with metal-on-metal hip implants. Makers of such metal-on-metal implants, such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical have been swamped with lawsuits for injuries and negative health effects allegedly caused by the devices. The FDA points out that metal-on-metal hip implants have the same adverse effects as any other type of hip implant such as loosening, infection, bone loss, fracture of the device or bone, and joint dislocation. But the FDA openly warns of the additional ... Read More

FDA Cleared Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants without Clinical Testing

When Consumer Reports did an investigation regarding the FDA and approved medical devices designed to be implanted into the body, what they found was disturbing to say the least. “Medical devices often aren’t tested before they come on the market,” Consumer Reports says. That was the case for the DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip that has allegedly injured thousands of patients, including Stephen Tower, M.D., a 55-year-old orthopedic surgeon. About a year after receiving his hip implant, Tower could tell that something was wrong. He experienced pain from his hip “pretty much constantly”, his chromium and cobalt blood levels were through the roof, ... Read More

Reactions to Metal Debris Shed by Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Documented as Early as 1970s

Companies such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew; and Wright Medical manufacture metal-on-metal hip implant designs that have been shown to fail at an alarmingly high rate. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been in the spotlight lately for the lawsuits associated with patients claiming to be injured by their faulty design. Reports indicate metal-on-metal designs are failing in as little as five years, and many patients are experiencing adverse affects such as loosening, which is an especially dangerous issue for this design. As the parts of the device rub together during normal activities such as walking or running, the metal parts ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Referred to as ‘a large uncontrolled experiment’ by BMJ Publication

According to BMJ Magazine, a leading publication about medical news, metal-on-metal hip implants are basically “large uncontrolled experiment” because the patients who received them were kept in the dark about the details and risks of this type of hip implant device. With a metal-on-metal hip device, such as the models made by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, and Smith & Nephew, there is great risk in a few areas. First, the large-diameter ball-and-cup designs tend to wear out faster and become dislocated. In fact, the average failure rate at the seven year mark for metal-on-metal implants is 13.6 percent, which is ... Read More

FDA: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Patients Risk Soft Tissue Damage

Metal-on-metal hip implants have been in the spotlight lately for the lawsuits associated with patients claiming to be injured by their faulty design. The litigation prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  to call for manufacturers of these devices to conduct studies examining safety and efficacy, and has added warnings of its own the the medical devices. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew; and Wright Medical manufacture metal-on-metal hip implant designs that have been shown to fail at an alarmingly high rate. In an article published by Medical News Today, the FDA states that there aren’t ... Read More

ASR Metal Hip Implant Has Failure Rate of Up to 50 percent Within Six Years

According to an article published by BMJ, ASR metal-on-metal hip implants such as the designs made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are shown to have a failure rate of up to 50 percent within six years. “Metal on metal joints are designed to harness naturally occurring lubricating fluids from the native hip,” the article reads. “As wear debris is generated, hip joints become filled with high concentrations of chromium and cobalt. This leads to a chain of events culminating in extensive soft tissue necrosis and disruption of bone. The metallic ions then diffuse into the blood stream.” But the ... Read More

Wright Medical Fights Against Dying Hip Implant Patient to Keep Case in MDL

Hip implant recipient Deborah Aldrich, who is a victim of pancreatic cancer and may only have months to live, has requested that her lawsuit against Wright Medical alleging injuries from a defective hip implant be remanded to Arizona federal court before the bellwether trial plan has been completed. Aldrich’s case started out in Arizona, but then the hip implant multidistrict litigation (MDL) was consolidated in February of 2012. A Georgia federal court laid out a plan for discovery and depositions of the 10 bellwether cases in August of 2014. Many of the metal-on-metal hip implants being investigated in this litigation have been found ... Read More

West Virginia Woman Sues Smith & Nephew for allegedly defective metal hip implant

Anna Raab of West Virginia underwent her first hip replacement surgery in 2010 at a state hospital and received Smith and Nephew Inc.’s Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System — a metal-on-metal design that had been pre-approved by the FDA. After only a month, Raab had to have a revision surgery after she began to experience complications. The surgeon implanted three additional Smith & Nephew components, which are not specifically part of the original BHR system. But when Raab’s complications continued, she went to the University of Pittsburgh for a second revision surgery. She was then advised that her hip implant had ... Read More

Zimmer settles Durom Cup hip implant litigation

As of  Feb. 11, Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has settled most of its litigation for Durom Cup hip implants, which includes about 400 lawsuits alleging that its metal hip implant device loosens, resulting in pain, injury and additional surgeries. The Zimmer settlement is part of litigation surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants involving numerous manufacturers. Many of the metal-on-metal hip implants being investigated in this litigation have been found to fail within as little as five years. Many patients have had to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace their defective metal hip implant. These surgeries are typically more invasive and require longer recovery than ... Read More

Wright Medical disputes $11 Million Hip Implant Verdict

In a filing in Georgia federal court, Wright Medical Technology, Inc. is fighting for a new trial after being slapped with an $11 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff, Robyn Christiansen. The verdict was a result of multidistrict litigation in a bellwether trial over faulty metal-on-metal hip implants that are allegedly causing injury to patients. Wright argues that when the jury was asked to reconsider their original findings that the device wasn’t defective, they became confused, and arrived at an unfair verdict. But plaintiff Robyn Christiansen, a former ski instructor, insists that the $11 million award is correct. After being advised by ... Read More