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Johnson and Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of ASR metal hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits involving defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Othopaedics. DePuy issued a worldwide recall on an estimated 93,000 of its ASR all-metal hip replacement systems in 2010 after reports that the devices were failing at a faster than expected rate. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. However, a large number of DePuy’s ASR devices were failing in five years or less. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the ... Read More

UK’s National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom National Health Service is banning surgeons from using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in patients, based on guidance issued from consumer health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consumer health advocacy group developed the guidelines after investigations and research into the all-metal implants, which were found to have a startling high premature failure rate. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts and generally last about 25 years before needing to be replaced. In the past decade, medical device manufacturers introduced all-metal artificial hips, assuming the devices would hold up better ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

European Parliament considers stronger medical device oversight to better ensure patient safety

Europen Parliament is considering adopting a proposal that would give European drug and medical device regulators more control over medical devices, and require high-risk devices to undergo an approval process before they reach the market. In both Europe and the United States, most medical devices are cleared swiftly for marketing if they can prove they are similar to products already on the market. This has raised safety concerns in the past in both countries, especially after high-profile recalls and safety advisories including the worldwide recall of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedic ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The devices were granted ... Read More

Spanish king undergoes third hip replacement surgery due to joint infection

King Juan Carlos of Spain, 75, underwent a third hip replacement surgery less than two years after the last hip treatment, because the tissue surrounding the implant had become infected.  Carlos has undergone seven surgeries since 2010, including having both his hips replaced during three surgeries last year. The first hip replacement surgery came after he fell during an elephant-hunting holiday in Botswana. The monarch never gained full mobility after his last hip surgery and requires a cane to walk. It is not reported what type of artificial hip Carlos received. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic ... Read More

Researchers: More studies needed to determine long-term cancer risk with all-metal hip implants

Researchers are recommending long-term studies be done on patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to determine whether corroding implants cause cancer. The recommendation was made following a study in which researchers found no increase in cancer in a seven-year period in people with all-metal hip implants. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but in the past decade many manufacturers of these medical devices began making the devices with all metal parts. The metal hips were thought to be more durable and thus ideal for younger and more active patients. However, they devices were found to fail prematurely ... Read More

FDA launches tracking, monitoring program for high-risk medical devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a new program that requires manufacturers of medical devices to put codes on their products so that the agency can track the devices, monitor their safety, and issue recalls when problems arise. The codes, known as unique device identifier, or UDI codes, placed on each medical device from defibrillators to artificial joints, will be entered into a public, searchable database. The UDI codes must also be noted in medical device records. The first devices to receive the UDI codes will be higher risk devices, including heart pumps and artificial hips. Many low-risk ... Read More

Cyclist files lawsuit against metal hip implant manufacturer

Mark Stephan was riding his bike with friends when he crashed and fractured two vertebrae. He was told he might never walk again. Yet, four years and a hip replacement later, Stephan defied the odds not only by walking again, but by completing a 3,200-mile cycling trip to raise money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was treated. The victory was short-lived, however. Last year he received a letter stating that the Stryker Orthopedic hip replacement he received in 2011 was recalled because it was defective. Stryker warned that the faulty all-metal hip implants were at risk of ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... 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