Tagged Articles

all-metal 91 articles

Surgeon: Metal hip implant failures led to ‘severe patient wreckage’

“I’d seen patients coming into the clinic complaining of groin pain. I saw it once and then again and then again and again,” Surgeon Antoni Nargol told Four Corners, an investigative news program for ABC News Australia. Nargol was referring to patients who had received ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. The devices were recalled in 2010 after mounting reports of premature failures and infections caused by heavy metal blood poisoning. New research shows that Johnson & Johnson knew the devices were defectively designed as early as 2006 – four years before the ... Read More

Consumer Reports group pushes for warranties on artificial hips

Nearly a half-million Americans each year undergo hip replacement surgery, an invasive operation that requires weeks of rehabilitation. Typical hip implants can last 20 years or more before being replaced, but some have been shown to fail at a faster than expected rate. Thus, the Safe Patient Project, organized by Consumer Reports, is pushing for all hip implants to come with warranties. “One, it tells people how long this implant’s going to last,” said Lisa McGiffert of the Safe Patient Project. “It gives them realistic expectations. And two, it gives them a clear process to follow if their implant should ... Read More

Biomet to pay $56 million to settle metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits

Medical device company Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay at least $56 million to settle multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Indiana federal court claiming its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were defective. MDLs are special federal legal procedures designed to speed up the process of handling complex cases, such as product liability lawsuits. Biomet disputes the fact that its devices caused people harm, however it agreed to set aside the money for MDL plaintiffs who qualify. The agreement resolves the MDL, which it has been fighting since October 2012. Plaintiffs in the MDL who received either the Biomet M2a-38 or M2a-Magnum hip ... Read More

3 medical devices that can harm you

Medical devices are vitally important to the industry. They vary in complexity and application, from tongue depressors and disposable gloves to implants and prostheses. Because they are used to diagnose, prevent or treat disease or other conditions, these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their safety and efficacy. However, this does not guarantee the devices don’t have hidden design flaws that can cause serious health risks. Here are three commonly used medical devices that were designed to help people, but ultimately caused more harm that good: 1. Transvaginal mesh – Also known as vaginal ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of ASR metal hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits involving defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Othopaedics. DePuy issued a worldwide recall on an estimated 93,000 of its ASR all-metal hip replacement systems in 2010 after reports that the devices were failing at a faster than expected rate. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. However, a large number of DePuy’s ASR devices were failing in five years or less. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

Researchers: More studies needed to determine long-term cancer risk with all-metal hip implants

Researchers are recommending long-term studies be done on patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to determine whether corroding implants cause cancer. The recommendation was made following a study in which researchers found no increase in cancer in a seven-year period in people with all-metal hip implants. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but in the past decade many manufacturers of these medical devices began making the devices with all metal parts. The metal hips were thought to be more durable and thus ideal for younger and more active patients. However, they devices were found to fail prematurely ... Read More

Cyclist files lawsuit against metal hip implant manufacturer

Mark Stephan was riding his bike with friends when he crashed and fractured two vertebrae. He was told he might never walk again. Yet, four years and a hip replacement later, Stephan defied the odds not only by walking again, but by completing a 3,200-mile cycling trip to raise money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was treated. The victory was short-lived, however. Last year he received a letter stating that the Stryker Orthopedic hip replacement he received in 2011 was recalled because it was defective. Stryker warned that the faulty all-metal hip implants were at risk of ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson considers $3 billion settlement for defective metal hip implant

Johnson & Johnson is considering shelling out more than $3 billion to settle lawsuits related to a faulty all-metal hip replacement system. The payout is about 50 percent higher than the company proposed in previous discussions, and would resolve as many as 11,500 lawsuits in the United States, at more than $300,000 per case. If accepted, the settlement would be the largest involving artificial hips. The lawsuits allege that the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement system, made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, was defectively designed, which caused the devices to fail at a higher than expected rate. Thousands of patients ... Read More