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Gas fireplaces, inserts and gas logs recalled due to risk of gas leak and fire hazard

Twenty thousand Hearth & Home Technologies®, Heat-N-Glo®, Heatilator®, Outdoor Lifestyles® and Quadra Fire® natural or propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets have been recalled, effective immediately, due to a hazardous gas valve leak in the products, creating a fire hazard. The recalled products were sold in fireplace stores around the country from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000. The company is instructing customers to stop using the gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets, turn off the gas to the unites and contact the fireplace store where the unit was purchased to ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson considers $3 billion settlement for defective metal hip implant

Johnson & Johnson is considering shelling out more than $3 billion to settle lawsuits related to a faulty all-metal hip replacement system. The payout is about 50 percent higher than the company proposed in previous discussions, and would resolve as many as 11,500 lawsuits in the United States, at more than $300,000 per case. If accepted, the settlement would be the largest involving artificial hips. The lawsuits allege that the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement system, made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, was defectively designed, which caused the devices to fail at a higher than expected rate. Thousands of patients ... Read More

Seniors at greater risk of complications from hip implant defect

Seniors are at greater risk of suffering from complications from faulty medical devices that were approved before they were thoroughly tested, says the Consumers Union (CU), a nonprofit organization that works for a safe marketplace. The group also publishes Consumer Reports magazine and ConsumerReports.org. At issue is the current practice of medical device approvals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medical devices deemed “moderate-risk” can soar through the agency’s accelerated approval process without clinical testing to determine safety and efficacy if they are similar to ones already on the market. About 90 percent of all medical devices are approved ... Read More

Will DePuy settle artificial hip lawsuits soon?

Analysts are predicting that Johnson & Johnson is preparing to offer some settlements for patients who received defective artificial hips from its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. They say they were tipped off when the medical and consumer health products giant recently reported $3 billion in quarterly charges largely related to the recall of its DePuy hip implant and gave a 2012 earnings forecast below analysts estimates. “The hip recalls worry me because their eventual costs are unknown,” Gabelli & Co. analyst Jeff Jonas told Reuters. DePuy’s ASR XL hip replacement and resurfacing systems were recalled in 2010 after reports that the ... Read More

Employee benefits fund files suit against artificial hip maker

A fund that manages health benefits for 25 towns in northern New Jersey has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that medical device manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics continued to market its ASR hip replacement system in the United States even after learning that the device was defective and causing patients unnecessary pain and suffering. The North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund filed the class action lawsuit last month, and is asking the court to order DePuy to cover any of its members who may have been affected by the recall of the faulty device as well as allow the ... Read More

Rate of hospital readmissions increases for artificial hip recipients

The average length of a hospital stay for patients who have hip replacement surgery has dropped considerably in recent years, but the rate of readmissions for complications or referrals to nursing homes has increased, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed 1.5 million Medicare Part A beneficiaries who underwent primary total hip replacement surgery between 1991 and 2008, and 348,596 people who underwent revision surgery, or surgery to replace an artificial hip. The average length of hospital stay for primary hip replacement patients dropped from 9.1 days during the first two years of the study to 3.7 days during the ... Read More

Many medical devices approved without human testing

About one percent of medical devices introduced in the United States market get recalled. It seems like a small number, but that number represents thousands of people who have died or been harmed by faulty medical devices. The clincher? Many of those devices were never tested on humans before they were approved for use. The process is called fast-tracking. Some categories of medical devices can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with little or no testing if they are similar to other devices already approved. Since 2009, 67 individual high-risk devices have been approved through this process ... 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

Federal report says BP and Halliburton knowingly used bad cement before oil rig blowout

Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and creating the country’s worst offshore oil spill, BP and Halliburton knew the cement they were using to plug the exploratory well was unstable but went ahead and used it anyway. The presidential commission investigating the causes of the spill announced its first official finding today after weeks of probing the disaster. Commission investigators found that Halliburton had conducted three separate laboratory tests on the cement and each one found that it failed to meet industry standards. On March 8, the results of ... Read More