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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

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer should be punished for mishandling documents related to lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon mishandled documents related to its transvaginal mesh devices and should be barred from seeking to throw out lawsuits or using some defense tactics, say attorneys for women who filed lawsuits against the companies. Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon makes the Gynecare Prolift implant, a transvaginal mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices are inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped for various reasons, usually from childbirth, obesity or age. The devices have been associated with serious complications including ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy’s insurance company claims it does not owe victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The insurance company for Ameridose, the parent company of the compounding pharmacy blamed for producing and distributing contaminated steroid shots that led to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, is asking a federal judge to declare that a $5 million insurance policy cannot be used to pay victims’ claims. The outbreak sickened at least 750 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 64. Treatment for the infections involve months of antifungal medication with grueling side effects. One patient who had recovered from a related infection has suffered a relapse, sending a wave of unrest to those who assumed they ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson settles metal hip lawsuit

Robert Ottman was ready for his day in court against consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson. Ottman underwent total hip replacement surgery in 2008 during which he was implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR metal-on-metal artificial hip system. Ottman claims the device caused him so much pain and disability that in 2011 he was forced to undergo invasive revision surgery to remove and replace the defective device. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson pulled the hip implants due to an alarmingly high number of premature failures. Ottman’s lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer’s stock drops in light of personal injury lawsuits

Humlebaek, Denmark-based transvaginal mesh manufacturer Coloplast A/S said last week that it didn’t expect lawsuits waged against the company in the United States would have “significant financial impact,” but investors are skeptical. The company’s stock fell as much as 1.8 percent – the lowest since May 2 – making it the worst performing in the benchmark OMX Copenhagen index. The blow comes just a week after a jury in the first federal transvaginal mesh trial – against competitor C.R. Bard Inc. – ordered the manufacturer to pay $2 million in damages to a woman who claimed Bard’s transvaginal mesh device ... Read More

Endo pays $54.5 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Endo Pharmaceuticals, a unit of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits alleging the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused serious injury. AMS estimated its liability from current and future transvaginal mesh lawsuits to be at least $160 million. It did not say how many of the lawsuits would be resolved by the settlement, and the company refused to admit liability or fault. Several companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh are facing lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging the devices caused serious injuries or death. Transvaginal mesh is a ... 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

One-third of women who undergo transvaginal mesh surgeries have complications

A third of patients who undergo surgery to repair common pelvic floor disorders experience complications, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The surgery, called an abdominal sacrocolpopexy, is used to correct pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It involves the vaginal insertion of surgical mesh, which is used to hold up organs such as the bladder, rectum or uterus that have fallen out of place due to childbirth, age or obesity. About 25 percent of women suffer from these conditions and about 11 to 19 percent undergo sacrocolpopexy to correct it. Though ... Read More

Unsuccessful bladder sling surgeries often leave women in worse shape

Women who undergo operations to ease complications from unsuccessful bladder sling surgery are often in worse condition than before their original surgery, says urologist Jerry Blaivas with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Bladder sling surgery involves the use of surgical mesh to shore up organs, such as the bladder, that have dropped, or prolapsed, as is the case with common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is designed to treat symptoms such as urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, and discomfort. In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Orthopedic surgeon warns younger patients to consider pros, cons of joint replacement

Total hip replacement surgeries are increasing in the United States and more are being performed on younger patients, many of whom see this “last-ditch” procedure as a quick means to decreasing pain and increasing mobility. It is a trend that surprises some orthopedic surgeons. “I’m a little surprised sometimes when people come into the office thinking that joint replacement is for anyone. They take it very lightly,” Dr. Joseph Borrelli, an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and the Texas Physicians Group told the Dallas News. “It’s important to know the magnitude of putting in a total joint. ... Read More