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Warnings about Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Dangers Ignored, Patients Injured

Nationwide, hospitals are facing a growing number of metal-on-metal hip implant recipients experiencing injuries due to their new hips, and performing massive surgeries to remove the implant. On the operating table, the findings are disturbing. Dr. Young-Min Kwon, the lead orthopedic surgeon who recently operated on a 53-year-old man at Massachusetts General Hospital, stated, “What we are seeing is a complex phenomenon.” While only a small fraction of the 500,000 people in the U.S. who have received an all-metal hip implant in the last 15 years or so have suffered injuries from their new hip, the injuries have been dangerous. Not only are ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failing in as Little as Five Years

Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. However, medical advances and improvements have led companies like DePuy Orthopaedics, the orthopedic device unit of Johnson & Johnson, to try a newer way of creating hip implants using more durable material that is designed to hold up better over time – metal. Hip implants are supposed to last as long as 20 years or more. The recovery from a hip implant surgery can be painful and frustrating with limited movement. For this reason, patients receiving a hip implant wish to avoid any reason to have a revision surgery. However, ... Read More

More government oversight credited for jump in medical device recalls

The number of medical device recalls has doubled in the past 10 years, according to a new report, a result of more government oversight and manufacturers doing a better job of halting sales of defective devices, officials say. Yearly recalls jumped from about 600 in 2003 to 1,200 in 2012, according to the report, which was prompted in 2011 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The largest rise was due to radiological devices, such as MRI and CT scanners, which have been found to register false positives and increase the risk of cancer. A fifth of the recalls in 2012 ... Read More

Researchers find metal ion concentration, device brand may predict hip implant failure

The amount of metal ions in the blood and the type of hip implant may predict premature failure of metal-on-metal hip replacements, according to a team of United Kingdom researchers. Researchers reviewed data from 299 resurfacing procedures in 278 patients with various brands of hip implants. The patients had reported complications that were likely related to high levels of metal in their blood. Patients were put through a blood metal ion screening protocol, ultrasound scanning, and joint aspiration to determine the level of cobalt concentration. Researchers found that blood-cobalt concentration and the type of device used were significant risk factors ... 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 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

J-and-J report puts company’s quality standards into question

American consumer health care products and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson released its annual report to shareholders this week, but the report has critics wondering if the company is more focused on profits than the quality of its products. J&J pulled in a whopping $13 billion in profits last year, but shelled out $751 million in taxpayer health care fraud claims; paid $70 million to settle foreign bribery charges; has been sued by consumers over its its allegedly defective metal-on-metal hip implant, and was forced to shut down a major facility that produces Tylenol and other popular brand name ... Read More

DePuy artificial hip linked to cobalt toxicity

When Brenda* received a notice from her orthopedist that the DePuy Orthopaedics-brand artificial hip she received a few years earlier had been recalled because of defects that were causing it to fail at a higher than expected rate, she was surprised. Her only symptom was an unexplained itchy leg rash that lasted about a year. Her doctor checked her blood level for cobalt, and the results came back abnormally high at 12. A normal cobalt reading should be below 5. She asked internist Dr. H. Mitchell Hecht, who writes a column in The Times Leader, “What will cobalt toxicity do ... Read More

Months after worldwide recall, FDA approves another DePuy artificial hip

A ceramic artificial hip system made by DePuy Orthopaedics has been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). DePuy’s new Ceramax Ceramic Total Hip System is a ceramic-on-ceramic artificial hip replacement system that is surgically implanted to completely replace a hip joint that is painful or cannot function because of arthritis, injury or dislocation. The system could replace another type of artificial hip implant made by DePuy, which was recalled last August after reports that the devices were failing at a higher than expected rate. DePuy’s new device consists of a metal hip stem that a doctor ... Read More