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Financial analyst questions J&J’s adherence to Credo

Analysts at Investment website Seeking Alpha, which features stock market insights and financial analysis provided by investors and industry experts, have been asking questions about the cost of talc litigation and Johnson and Johnson’s reputation. One recently wrote an in-depth piece highlighting the vast number of products that J&J has faced liability claims over in the recent past, specifically calling attention to the company’s “criminal admissions.” DoctoRx says that the will list, “several legal issues which both challenge the company’s adherence to its highly promoted ‘Credo’ and may challenge its finances.” The following quote is posted on the company’s “Our ... Read More

Cobalt and Chromium Toxicity from Metal-on-Metal Hip Resulted in Neuropsychiatric Symptoms

According to a study published in January in BMC Psychiatry, an online journal of psychiatric disorders, cobalt and chromium toxicity from metal-on-metal hip implant failure resulted in neuropsychiatric complications after revision surgery. Metal-on-metal hip implants are designed using a metal ball and metal socket made of a cobalt-chromium alloy. When the parts rub together during normal use, the parts may shed metal ions, which can pollute the bloodstream and damage the surrounding tissue. The normal range occurring in a person’s system due to normal environmental exposure is 0–20 nmol/l for cobalt and 0–100 nmol/l for chromium. Nine of the 10 patients in this ... Read More

J&J Says Hip implant Claims Should Have Never Made It to a Jury

Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics are moving forward with an appeal of last year’s bellwether trial verdict that awarded five plaintiffs $502 million, which was eventually reduced to $150 million. The plaintiffs are a small fraction of the thousands of cases that have surfaced, claiming metal-on-metal hip implants caused them pain, injury and metal poisoning. Most cases required revision surgery to replace the defective hip. The company has wilted in the courtroom, complaining that, during trial, it was subjected to prejudices as well as “outrageously inappropriate evidence and rhetoric.” J&J claims the jury was turned against it with statements saying it was “as evil as ‘big ... Read More

Wright Medical and MicroPort Orthopedics Accused of Hiding Defect in Hip Implant

Two cases filed against Wright Medical Technology Inc. and MiroPort Orthopaedics Inc. have been consolidated by a California federal judge. The lawsuit accuses the companies of hiding a crucial defect in their metal cup-and-ball hip implants. The two plaintiffs allege the Profemur Total Hip System broke “suddenly and catastrophically,” leading to emergency surgery that requires damaging the femur. In one case the Profemur implant lasted only 37 months, the other a mere 20 months. The lawsuit comes in the midst of Wright Medical’s multidistrict litigation (MDL) battle against claims that its Conserve Hip Implant, a metal-on-metal hip implant system, has been releasing metal ions into ... Read More

Smith & Nephew issues recall for Modular Hip Implants

Smith & Nephew, a British orthopedics and wound care company, has issued a recall of its Modular SMF and Modular Redapt hip implants after a high number of patients began reporting adverse negative reactions. The metal designs used a modular neck that has been linked to a “higher than anticipated complaint and adverse event trend.” “Based on an analysis of available data sets,” the company wrote in a “Dear Doctor” letter last November, “Smith & Nephew considers that patients implanted with the modular neck hip prostheses may be at greater risk of revision surgery than with comparable monolithic products. For this reason, on a ... Read More

Wright Medical Agrees to $240 Million Settlement Over Metal-on-Metal Hip Injury Claims

Wright Medical Group, a medical device manufacturing company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has entered into a settlement over litigation involving its metal-on-metal hip implants. The litigation included 1,292 claims that the company’s Conserve, Dynasty or Lineage hip implants resulted in revision surgeries. Wright also estimates that about 600 cases won’t be included in the settlement, and has stated that it will “vigorously defend” those that weren’t settled. The settlement is for an eye-popping $240 million – $60 million going to insurance recoveries, and $180 million to be paid in cash. Robert Palmisano, Wright’s own CEO, said he was glad to reach the settlement so that the company ... Read More

Cobalt Toxicity is a Serious Risk for Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

When Robert Peters wrote the Daily Mail for advice from Dr. Scurr about concerns with his metal-on-metal hip implants, the response seemed to only confirm his greatest fears – that his hip implants could be poisoning him. Peters’ blood was tested after his surgeon informed him of the recent reports of metal-on-metal hip failures. “Blood tests revealed I have 100 times more than normal the amount of cobalt in my blood,” Peters wrote, “as well as dangerous amounts of chromium.” Dr. Scurr explained that metal-on-metal hips are usually made of a stainless steel alloy containing cobalt and chromium, and were intended to ... Read More

Metal-on-polyethylene hip resurfacing shows more wear than standard hip replacements

Metal alloys have been used for years in hip resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures. Metal-on-metal hips have been under scrutiny for their high rates of failure, resulting in hundreds of lawsuits aimed at device manufacturers. Combining metal parts with other materials such as ceramic or polyethylene has proven to be subpar as well. In a recent article published by Medscape, an informative website for physicians and health care professionals, metal-on-polyethylene hip resurfacing procedures showed volumetric polyethylene wear 10 times higher than for standard hip replacements. Patients who have received metal-on-metal hips, however, have been found with elevated metal ion levels in the urine, ... Read More

Ten Cases Selected For MDL over Johnson & Johnson’s Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, a Texas federal judge, has selected 10 cases for the next bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over Johnson & Johnson’s metal-on-metal hip implants. They were selected from thousands of cases waiting their turn in the giant litigation. The judge conducted his own independent review of potential bellwether cases, all of which involve plaintiffs that claim the metal-on-metal hip design caused trillions of microscopic metal particles to shed with every step, which they say led to bone erosion, tissue damage, infection, inflammation and blood poisoning known as metallosis. The cobalt-chromium alloy socket-and-ball-head hip implant system has been ... Read More

Lawyers say Medical Device Makers Pushed Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants ‘Aggressively’

During opening arguments in an multidistrict litigation(MDL) trial over allegedly faulty metal-on-metal hips made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, six plaintiffs say the manufacturer pushed their product “aggressively,” despite knowing that the metal-on-metal design was riskier than others that were available. The complaint alleges DePuy went as far as paying kickbacks to willing surgeons to encourage use of their hip implant, selling 150,000 of them in the 2000s. The hip device managed to evade standard regulatory review by going through a 510(k) FDA approval, which allows a device to be sold on the market as long as it ... Read More