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Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Whistleblowers to get cut of record fines in health care fraud case

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will pay a combined total of $3 billion in civil and criminal fines and plead guilty to pushing two of its popular drugs for unapproved purposes and withholding important safety information about a third drug from U.S. regulators. A group of whistleblowers instrumental to the case, which is considered to be the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, will receive a percentage of the fines for their role in aiding the federal government’s investigation and helping to recover taxpayer money. At the center of the case was GSK’s illegal marketing of the drug Paxil to treat ... Read More

UK regulators issue warning about DePuy’s MITCH TRH all-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a safety warning for MITCH TRH acetabular cups and MITCH TRH modular heads – a metal-on-metal hip implant system manufactured by U.K.-based Finsbury Orthopaedics, a division of DePuy Orthopaedics. Both companies are owned by healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. The MITCH TRH System is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system consisting of components that can be used in different combinations to carry out either hip resurfacing arthroplasty or total hip replacement. In the new Medical Device Alert, MHRA regulators warn that a higher-than-expected number of DePUY MITCH hip devices ... Read More

Most all-metal hip recipients need yearly testing, British regulators warn

Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday advised recipients of certain high-risk all-metal hip implants to be tested annually for the rest of their lives out of concern for illnesses and injuries the implants may cause. Annual blood tests will detect how much cobalt and chromium the hip devices have released into the body through friction between their all-metal parts. Patients with elevated levels of the metals in their blood will need to have magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs) to show any injuries the metal hips may have caused. Many patients who have received one of DePuy ... Read More

Former DePuy spokesmodel ‘devastated’ by her ASR hip implant

A “high-flying IT consultant” and former gymnast was originally so happy with her DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing implant that she agreed to become a spokesmodel for the company, persuading others around the world to consider getting one of DePuy’s all-metal hip implants. Now Penny Brown, a 51-year-old U.K. resident, has joined a class action lawsuit against DePuy in her country, alleging the hip implant ruined her health and quality of life. Ms. Brown began promoting DePuy implants after receiving one herself in 2004. Suffering from arthritis pain, she chose DePuy’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System because she was led to believe ... Read More

U.K. DePuy hip patients deal with debilitating pain, long waiting lists

A lawyer representing some 300 recipients of DePuy artificial hips in the U.K. says that for her clients and many other patients throughout the country waiting to have the devices removed, “the damage has already been done.” Liverpool solicitor Lisa Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post that several of her clients have been so damaged by the recalled hip devices that they will likely never experience the quality of life that the DePuy implants once promised. “The large majority of my clients are really suffering terrible pain, some now have walking aids,” Ms. Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post. “One ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More

UK joint registry makes it easy to identify and contact DePuy hip implant recipients

This is Cheshire, an online periodical serving northwest England, reports that 52 patients in the towns of Warrington and Halton have been affected by DePuy Orthopaedics’ recall of its ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing implant systems. DePuy announced its recall of the faulty hip implants in the U.K. last August, after they had been implanted in 10,000 British citizens. But it’s not the numbers that are the most remarkable part of the Cheshire report, it’s the highly efficient British system of identifying, finding, and contacting the hip implant recipients. The National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales ... Read More

U.K. surgeons: 49% of DePuy hip implants fail after 6 years

New medical data from the U.K. indicate that DePuy hip implants fail at a rate four times greater than the manufacturer said when it recalled the devices last August, according to the British Orthopaedic Assocation and the British Hip Society. When DePuy Orthopaedics, a part of Johnson and Johnson’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics group, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System, it cited data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales saying 13 percent of ASR XL devices implanted in patients failed within 5 years. Now, more reliable data collected from four surgeons indicates the failure rate for the ... Read More

UK government report reveals deteriorating offshore oil safety

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned the nation’s offshore oil and gas industry about its safety record after the latest statistics revealed significant increases in serious injuries and unexpected hydrocarbon releases. The announcement reflects an ongoing trend in the UK and the United States, interpreted by many critics as a worsening state of safety and environmental protections. London, England-based BP (British Petroleum) catapulted the safety of offshore oil rigs to the world’s attention after its Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers and creating the largest known ... Read More