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Transvaginal mesh victim says she would never have had surgery if she had known the risks

Lynne Thyne, a 52-year-old mother of two teenagers, one of whom has muscular dystrophy with associated learning difficulties, says she would never have taken a risk with her health due to her family commitments. Yet, following a hysterectomy with a procedure to have her bladder lifted because of a pelvic floor disorder caused by childbirth, Thyne was told she had been implanted with surgical mesh. It was the first she had heard of transvaginal mesh, a device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed. “I do not recall ... Read More

Man files lawsuit against makers of recalled metal hip implant

“It started to feel a bit clunky and was grinding and then it started to squeak very loudly – loud enough for people in the street to be startled and stare at me,” Chris Monk told the Evening News of his artificial hip. “I was in so much pain and could barely walk a few yards when it was at its worst.” Monk had scans that showed his all-metal hip implant was defective and had damaged his flesh. It had also dropped bits of metal debris inside his body that seeped into his bloodstream causing a type of blood poisoning ... Read More

August marks second anniversary of DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement recall

August 26 marks the second anniversary of the worldwide recall of DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which set in motion monumental concern over the safety of hip implants made from all metal parts. The ASR XL Acetabular Hip System first became commercially available in the U.S. in December 2005. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was not commercially available in the U.S. but was sold in other countries. The recall affects an estimated 93,000 people. The recall was issued after mounting reports that the devices were failing at a higher than expected rates. ... Read More

Organic joint could one day replace artificial hips and knees

Researchers at the University Health Network in Toronto are working to find a biological cure for joints that become damaged by osteo-arthritis that may someday replace invasive knee and hip replacement surgeries. Dr. Nizar Mahomed and colleagues are conducting a series of experiments, one of which uses stem cells to create bone and cartilage, which they hope can be turned into a sort of organic joint implant that would fuse with existing tissue and regenerate diseased knees and hips. The prospect is intriguing, especially since thousands of people with arthritis seek relief from chronic pain with knee and hip replacement ... Read More

Woman injured by recalled metal hip implant hires attorney

Sally Gration was barely 50 in 2006 when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and underwent a hip replacement surgery. The surgery went well and Sally began looking forward to a life without pain and disability. Artificial hips can last 20 years or more before they need to be replaced. But four years after surgery, Sally began experiencing excruciating pain in her hip. Around that same time she received word from the hospital where she had the surgery that the metal-on-metal hip implant she received had been recalled by the manufacturer because of safety concerns and high failure rates. Before ... Read More

GSK to pay highest-ever award in Israeli court for concealing risks with diabetes drug

The highest-ever compensation in an Israeli class-action lawsuit against a drug manufacturer was awarded this week to a diabetes patient who claimed the company failed to disclose that its type 2 diabetes drug increased the risk of cardiovascular events. The lawsuit claimed that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) concealed data from the public that showed its blockbuster drug Avandia increased the risk of dying of a heart attack. Under the compromise agreement, GSK was ordered to pay NIS 12.1 million – or $2.6 million. The award is expected to be used to fund a new treatment program for diabetics. In May 2007, the ... Read More

Hundreds of Australians join artificial hip class action lawsuit

Hundreds of Australians have joined a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after receiving artificial hips deemed to be defective. The claim is estimated to be worth about $200 million. The lawsuits were filed by patients such as Stuart Cain, who in 2007 received a hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. The implant was made with metal-on-metal parts designed to be more durable and last longer than traditional plastic or ceramic implants. But three years after receiving artificial hip, Stuart learned that DePuy had recalled the all-metal hip implants because they were failing at a ... Read More

BP oil spill agreement sets terms for economic and medical damages

Lawyers for plaintiffs harmed by BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced the terms last week of the settlement agreement it reached with the oil giant in March. The settlement, which establishes new rules of compensation for some 110,000 specific plaintiffs just two years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion April 20, 2010, has been welcomed by many legal analysts as a monumental achievement, considering its complexity and scope. The settlement will be entirely funded by BP, and except for a $2.3 billion limit on commercial fishing claims, no cap has been set on the amount of damages BP will ... Read More

Attorneys investigating injuries associated with recalled DePuy hip implants

Thousands of patients with artificial hips could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation after a popular hip replacement system was found to be defective. DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants have been marketed in the United States since the early 2000s. But last year, the system was recalled after the devices began failing at a higher than expected rate. These failures were allegedly causing pain, limited mobility, inflammation, loss of feeling in the legs, and a clicking sensation in the joint. Doctors were also finding that the metal device could leak high levels of cobalt and chromium into the ... Read More

DePuy artificial hip patients may be victim of faulty design

Stephen Ellis, 57, of the United Kingdom, was furious when he learned that black liquid drained from his right hip joint during revision surgery to replace his two-year-old metal hip implant which had started poisoning his blood. Ellis suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, and is among thousands of Liverpudlians who have had to undergo revision surgery to replace their faulty hip implant. All told, about 93,000 people worldwide, including in the United States, are affected by a recall of one brand of metal-on-metal hip implant, the ASR made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. While the medical device ... Read More