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Metal-on-metal hip implant problems are gaining more media attention

Hip implants have helped renew the life and vitality of millions of Americans. But in the last decade, a new type of all-metal hip implant emerged on the market, offering patients better durability than the standard metal-on-plastic hip implant designs. Metal-on-metal hip implant designs, so called because the ball and cup of the device are both metallic, were a rising star in the orthopedic device industry. In fact, metal-on-metal implants accounted for about one third of the estimated 250,000 hip replacements made in the U.S. each year. But that trend nearly ground to a halt by the August 2010 recall ... Read More

Australian man says DePuy knew hip implants were faulty, failed to take action

Like more than 90,000 other people around the world, Howard Brown, a resident of Sandgate in Queensland, Australia put his trust in DePuy Orthopaedics and received one of their all-metal hip implants in July 2008. The 67-year-old retiree looked forward to a better quality of life the supposedly durable implants offered, but shortly after surgery his health took a turn for the worst. Mr. Brown told Australia’s Newcastle Herald that about a year ago his health took a turn for the worst, starting with burning sensations in his leg that he said would “virtually bring tears to my eyes.” Particles ... Read More

U.K. registry finds increasingly higher failure rate for DePuy ASR hip implants

The National Joint Registry for England and Wales (NJR), the largest registry in the world to track orthopedic devices, has reported more bad news about metal-on-metal hip implants. The latest NJR report, released last week, spells trouble for recipients of many kinds of all-metal hips, but is especially ominous for patients who received one of the two DePuy ASR hip implants that the manufacturer recalled last August. According to the new report, metal-on-metal hip implants, which were intended to be more durable and longer lasting than traditional metal and plastic implants, are failing at increasingly higher rates. Failure rates are ... Read More

Former DePuy CEO to head orthopedics booster despite expensive hip recall

David Floyd, former CEO of DePuy Orthopaedics, a medical device company, will now be at the helm of OrthoWorx, an “industry, community and education” initiative that is working to boost the orthopedics cluster in Warsaw, Ind. Floyd stepped down as CEO of DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, last spring, six months after the company issued a recall of one of its hip replacement systems. The recall has already cost the company nearly $1 billion in legal expenses. Despite DePuy’s problems, OrthoWorx announced that it is pleased to have Floyd’s “industry experience as the global head of the multi-billion orthopedic enterprise, ... Read More

Texas woman sues Depuy over defective double hip implants

A Texas woman who received hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics is suing the medical device manufacturer for damages she says she has experienced since undergoing hip implant surgery. The lawsuit, which was filed on July 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, alleges DePuy misrepresented its ASR XL Acetabular device and claims had the plaintiff known how faulty the hip implants were, she would not have the devices implanted. The plaintiff had the ASR XL Acetabular System implanted in her right hip in July 2009 and in her left hip about seven months later. Shortly after the ... Read More

Louisiana hip-implant lawsuit targets DePuy and its distributor

A Louisiana woman has filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against DePuy Orthopaedics, alleging her ASR artificial hip implant was defective and shouldn’t have been marketed by DePuy and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, nor distributed by Mark Starring & Associates – a Metairie, Louisiana-based medical supply distributor. According to the Louisiana Record, the plaintiff seeks damages for personal injuries caused by the faulty DePuy implant, which were severe enough to warrant having it removed in a second surgery and replaced with a different device. In addition to the pain and recovery the plaintiff endured, she ... Read More

U.K. DePuy hip patients deal with debilitating pain, long waiting lists

A lawyer representing some 300 recipients of DePuy artificial hips in the U.K. says that for her clients and many other patients throughout the country waiting to have the devices removed, “the damage has already been done.” Liverpool solicitor Lisa Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post that several of her clients have been so damaged by the recalled hip devices that they will likely never experience the quality of life that the DePuy implants once promised. “The large majority of my clients are really suffering terrible pain, some now have walking aids,” Ms. Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post. “One ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson recalled 50 products in 15 months

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson announced a safety recall of its ASR XL and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems, citing evidence that the failure rate for these two hip implants was a disastrous 12-13 percent within the first 5 years. The DePuy hip implant recall deeply affects the lives of some 93,000 patients globally, including 37,000 in the United States, in which the faulty devices were implanted. But these DePuy hip implant recipients aren’t the only ones affected by Johnson & Johnson recalls. According to Bloomberg / Business Week, the 125-year-old, $60-billion ... Read More

Hip-replacement hospital re-admissions rise

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that hospital readmission rates rose significantly in recent years for patients who underwent total hip replacement surgery. The study’s authors analyzed data on 1.45 million Medicare recipients who had total hip replacements from 1991 to 2008 and approximately 328,000 Medicare patients who required a second hip-replacement “revision” surgery. From 2007 to 2008, 8.5 percent of total-hip-surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged, a rise of more than 2.5 percent in previous years. Although the study does not offer specific explanations for the increase, ... Read More

Problems with DePuy artificial hip implants first reported to FDA in 2008

It’s difficult to know when problems first arose with DePuy Orthopaedics artificial hips because there is no registry in the United States for hip replacement systems. The implants were introduced in the mid 2000s and were recalled last August following reports that the devices were failing at an unusually high rate in just five years or less. That data didn’t initially come from the United States, but from artificial joint registry systems in other countries, such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. While the overseas registries were identifying problems with the Depuy devices, the first problems with the ... Read More