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DePuy Down Under: device maker sponsors Australian orthopedic conference

Earlier this week we wrote about a report that found DePuy and other orthopedic device manufacturers make substantial payments to orthopedic surgeons and academics in the U.S. in exchange for consulting work, but also as a means to “curry relationships” with surgeons, gain market share, and basically sell more hip implants. But the U.S. is not the only place where hip implant manufacturers can influence orthopedic professionals with large payments. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald demonstrates that orthopedic device manufacturers, including DePuy, are getting in good with orthopedic specialists Down Under as well. According to the Morning Herald, ... 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

Disabled woman files lawsuit against artificial hip manufacturer

Narelle Lindrea waited nearly two years to recover from her hip replacement surgery, but the pain and disability never seemed to subside. She called her doctor’s office to ask why she was still hurting, and that’s when she learned her artificial hip had been recalled. “I was stunned and all I could say to her was, ‘It’s not just like a can of baked beans!’” Narelle is one of an estimated 93,000 people worldwide who received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR-model hip replacement system. The device was built with metal-on-metal parts designed to be stronger and more durable than traditional ceramic ... 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

DePuy hip implant failure rate may be 4X higher than previously thought

New data suggests that the failure rate of DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip replacement systems is as much as four times higher than previously thought. The implants were recalled in August 2010 after studies showed that the implants had a failure rate of about 13 percent after five years. Most hip implants have a 13 percent failure rate after about 35 years. The new information comes from the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Hip Society, which said data from four surgeons showed that the rate of revision surgeries to replace defective DePuy artificial hips ranged from 21 percent after four ... Read More

DePuy refuses to compensate faulty hip implant victims for pain, suffering

About 500 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics, the makers of the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Plaintiffs claim the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary knew its artificial hip was defective and was failing at a higher than expected rate just months or a few years after surgery, yet DePuy continued to market it to physicians. In response to a federal lawsuit filed in January in the Northern District of Ohio, DePuy denied its devices were defective or dangerous and denied making any false representations. They also said patients who had had to undergo revision surgery to have their implants ... 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

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

Dr. House mystery points to defective artificial hip

This week’s episode of House M.D. focused on a mystery that ultimately pointed to blood poisoning caused by the patient’s artificial hip. While unusual, it is a condition that has been reported more recently due to a defect in a brand of artificial hip implant. The patient, Arlene, played by guest star Candice Bergen, is a known hypochondriac at the hospital, but this time her symptoms may not be all in her mind. Arlene is experiencing atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the two small chambers in the upper part of the heart quiver instead of beat normally. Her other ... Read More