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Fictional Dr. House character helps solve real-life medical mystery

Doctors were stumped by the symptoms exhibited by the 55-year-old man with severe heart failure. He had fever, swollen lymph nodes, hearing and vision loss when he arrived at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany. He also had a metal hip implant that replaced a previous ceramic one. The team of German doctors was no stranger to medical mysteries. They use a variety of resources to help pinpoint difficult-to-diagnose conditions. For this case, doctors recalled an episode of the then-recently-ended Fox TV series, House, a show in which the fictional character Dr. Gregory House solves some of the ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson issues recall on antipsychotic drug Risperdal Consta

Johnson & Johnson has ordered another recall, this time on its antipsychotic medication Risperdal Consta after mold was found floating in vials of the injectable drug during a routine quality control test. The company estimates that about 5,000 vials of the 70,000 made in the affected lot are still unused in doctor’s offices, mental health centers and pharmacies. Because it is an injectable drug, it is not sent home with patients but administered instead at medical clinics. The mold, known as Alternaria alternate, is commonly found in the environment and if administered to patients could cause infection around the site ... Read More

Many more revision surgeries occur in patients with all-metal hip implants

Nearly 75 percent of revision surgeries to remove and replace a hip replacement within five years of initial implantation occur in patients who received a metal-on-metal device, according to a Canadian study. Researchers pored through data involving 60,000 hip replacements performed across Canada between 2003 and 2011. They found that the need for revision surgery was greater in patients who had large-diameter modular metal-on-metal implants compared to patients who had more common plastic devices. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts, and can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. In the past ... Read More

Ireland orders review for all patients with metal artificial hips

Irish health regulators have ordered a major review of all patients with artificial hips made with all metal parts. The order follows an investigation last year by the United Kingdom’s medical devices regulatory agency during which it was recommended that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems be checked on a regular basis for indications of device failure and a type of metal poisoning caused when the device begins to corrode. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. A decade ago manufacturers introduced devices made with all metal parts expecting they would be more durable. However, the devices ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson recalls 32 million packs of birth control pills

Johnson & Johnson has issued another massive recall, this time on 32 million packages of birth control pills because of a flaw that could cause unplanned pregnancies. The oral contraceptives are sold in 43 countries around the world, but not in the United States. This recall is one of about 40 the consumer health product giant has issued on everything from over-the-counter medications to artificial hips since 2009. The recall was initiated because quality tests performed on the drugs showed one of the two hormones in the pills was releasing slower than it should. The company said the risk of ... Read More

Report: Health regulators should have acted faster to remove faulty metal hip implants from market

Health experts in the United Kingdom say many people have suffered “needlessly” because health regulators were slow to respond to mounting complaints about a faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The Science and Technology Committee issued a report on the Regulation of Medical Implants in the European Union and the United Kingdom, suggesting that the UK’s regulatory body, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), could have acted faster to address concerns about the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the DePuy devices were designed with all metal ... Read More

Attorneys for recalled artificial hip may ask for statute of limitations cutoff on claims

Patients who received a defective hip replacement system that was recalled may be out of time to file lawsuits against the manufacturer if states and judges decide to uphold a two-year statute of limitations on filed claims. No judge has ordered a halt, but lawyers representing patients who suffered injuries from the defective devices are warning that the defendants’ attorneys may argue for such a cut-off. The statute of limitations period varies by state and depends on the state in which a patient’s surgery took place as well as the circumstances of the injury. Most states have a two-year statute of ... Read More

Feds approve new tracking process for medical devices

Medical devices will now be manufactured with a code that will help them be tracked in order to gauge safety issues and notify recipients in the event of a recall as part of a new rule passed this week by federal regulators. The new process assigns a unique device identifier, or UDI, to each device, which provides basic information such as manufacturer name, type of device, model, and expiration date. Some devices may include batch lot numbers to help identify devices in the event of a recall. UDI information will be stored in a database that is accessible to the public; ... Read More

Plagued by recalls, lawsuits, Johnson and Johnson lowers profit forecast for year

Plagued by recalls and lawsuits from consumers and shareholders, health care products giant Johnson & Johnson lowered its profit forecast for the year. The change was made after the company posted second-quarter net income that had dropped by half. Johnson & Johnson reported net income of $1.41 billion – or 50 cents a share – down from $2.78 billion – or $1 a share, a year earlier. Revenue also fell by 0.7 percent to $16.48 billion. The company now says it expects 2012 earnings per share of $5 to $5.07 per share, down from its April forecast of $5.05 to ... Read More

Metal-on-metal implants responsible for most artificial-hip complaints

Nearly three-quarters – or 12,137 – of complaints made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 regarding artificial hips involved a recalled metal-on-metal hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, the agency reported. The recall, issued in 2010, involved the DePuy ASR XL Acetabulator Hip Replacement System. But that wasn’t the only metal-on-metal hip implant to cause problems. Metal-on-metal artificial hips from all manufacturers generated about twice the number of complaints in 2011 than implants made with plastic or ceramic parts. The report was announced this week during a review of all-metal hip implants by ... Read More