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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

Judge denies metal hip maker’s request to dismiss lawsuit in multidistrict litigation

A lawsuit in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) will move forward against Biomet Inc. over its allegedly defective metal-on-metal hip implant after an Indiana federal judge declined the company’s request for dismissal. Biomet argued that the claim against the company was preempted by federal law because the device was approved for use as part of a clinical investigation to determine safety and efficacy. The lawsuit was filed by Leslie Caccia who claimed he received a defective M2A-Magnum hip replacement system, made by Biomet. The complaint states the device damaged bone and tissue surrounding Caccia’s implant and he required multiple revision surgeries ... Read More

Large diameter metal-on-metal artificial hips fail more often than other implants

Hip replacement surgeries are among the most performed surgical procedures, but in some cases the device fails, resulting in revision surgery to remove and replace the device. On average, artificial hips can last 20 years or more before being replaced, but one type and size of hip implant was found to fail more often than traditional hip implants. Last month, the Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report that studied the factors influencing how long artificial hip implants lasted. Researchers reviewed data from 56,942 surgeries throughout Canada (except Quebec) from 2003-2011. They found that metal-on-metal large-diameter modular implants in particular ... Read More

DePuy recalls defective femur bone implant

DePuy Othopaedices, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is recalling an implant used to replace part or all of the femur bone. The device could fracture when exposed to normal weight loads while walking, which can cause pain, infection, loss of limb, neurovascular injury or the need for revision surgery. Patients heavier than 200 pounds and those who are highly active are at greater risk for fracture. DePuy has notified doctors and hospitals of the defect with the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component. The medical device company is also providing surgeons with a patient letter template for notifying their ... 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

Corroding metal on artificial hip caused patient neurological symptoms

When orthopedic surgeon Stephen Tower realized in 2006 that in order to continue his recreational cycling he needed hip replacement surgery, he picked the newest and seemingly most durable hip implant on the market at the time – a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The hip implant was specifically marketed to younger, active patients like Stephen. However, after a year Stephen was having pain in his hip and balance issues that caused him to crash his bike. Within the next year, he began experiencing more problems – ringing in his ears, sleep apnea, ... Read More

Woman’s pain, itching, migraines traced to defective metal hip implant

For two years, Paula Spurlock suffered from unexplained pain, itching and migraines and no doctor could seem to find the source. It wasn’t until she underwent a PET scan that it was discovered that the all-metal hip replacement system she received in 2008 was corroding inside her body. Further studies showed that the metal-on-metal device was leeching metal ions into her bloodstream, causing a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis and triggering her unpleasant symptoms. Traditional artificial hips are made with ceramic or plastic parts. The newer, all-metal hip implants were designed so that they could last longer and ... Read More

Chicago woman sues manufacturer of metal hip replacement system

A Chicago woman is suing the maker of her all-metal hip replacement system that she claims corroded in her body triggering the growth of a football-sized tumor-like growth in her hip joint. Diana Jaras was one of about 20,000 people in the United States who were fitted with a rejuvenate or ABG2 modular hip replacement system made by Stryker Medical Devices. The implant features a titanium stem that attaches to a cobalt neck. The devices were designed to be more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants, however, it has since been found that metal-on-metal hip implants have a serious ... Read More

Defective all-metal hip implants can poison blood of recipients

Dean Donovan’s artificial hip seemed to work just fine. The 45-year-old New Zealander had surgery six years ago to treat pain and disability. In recent years he had heard concerns about metal-on-metal hip implants, like his made by Durom. The devices were prone to failing prematurely and in some cases leeching metal ions into the blood. Patients with this type of blood poisoning reported symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Doctors say the long-term effects are unknown but researchers say the metal debris could damage DNA and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. A few months ago, Donovan received ... Read More

AAJ asks FDA not to protect artificial hip makers from liability claims

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), a plaintiff lawyers industry group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent makers of metal-on-metal hip implants from using a proposed change in the medical device approval process to protect them against liability claims. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of all-metal artificial hips after the devices showed a higher than expected failure rate and in some cases began corroding inside the bodies of patients, endangering their health. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts. But in more recent years, artificial joint manufacturers ... Read More