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DePuy paid doctors millions to promote its defective hip implants

About 30 patients of New Haven, Connecticut, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Irving received a phone call notifying them that the artificial hip they received had been recalled by the manufacturer and that they may need a second surgery to replace the part. What patients didn’t know is that the manufacturer of the faulty hip replacement parts, DePuy Orthopedics, had paid Dr. Irving more than $80,000 in consultant’s payments since 2009. According to an investigation by C-HIT, DePuy paid more than $80.8 million to some 200 doctors across the country since 2009 to promote their hip replacement parts. In August, DePuy recalled ... Read More

FDA didn’t test DePuy hip replacements before approving them

RALEIGH, NC—In a report about a hip-replacement patient suffering from the pain and failure of her DePuy artificial hips, ABC affiliate WTVD says that the controversial hip implants went to market without clinical trials. New medical devices and prescription drugs typically must prove to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they are safe for consumer use by first undergoing clinical studies and medial reviews. So how did DePuy’s ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System win FDA approval without the requisite clinical trials? WTVD unearthed a document showing that the FDA cleared the hip ... Read More

Recalled artificial hips were never tested for safety in clinical trials

Artificial hips manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were never put through clinical trials to ensure they were safe, according to the BBC. Now an estimated 12 percent of the 93,000 patients worldwide who were fitted with the devices could experience problems and face a second surgery to replace defective parts. Last August, DePuy issued a recall on two of its artificial hip parts following reports that a higher than expected number of hip joints failed in less than five years after they were implanted. The recalled parts included the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ... Read More

Woman joins class action lawsuit as she waits for new artificial hip

Marlene Burles is finally on a 3-month-long waiting list to replace a faulty artificial hip that has been causing her problems for four years, but getting approval from the manufacturers and insurers of her defective hip replacement in order to have the surgery could delay her even more. “It’s just a disaster,” Burles told The Mercury newspaper. Burles is one of about 100 Australians who have joined a class action lawsuit against the artificial hip manufacturer, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Last August, the companies issued a recall on hip replacement parts because they showed a higher ... Read More

DePuy artificial hips: “one step forward, two steps back”

Anyone with degenerative arthritis who elects to have hip-replacement surgery would never trade their pain and immobility for a host of more serious and painful problems, yet that is exactly what thousands of patients who have received artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopedics have unknowingly done. According to Orthopedics Today, metal-on-metal hip systems have proven to be a bit of a disaster – one which the journal describes as “one step forward, two steps back.” Artificial hips made by DePuy have prompted the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue a warning against the use of ... Read More

Journal report describes devastating effects of defective artificial hips

The online edition of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has published a case report today entitled Arthroprosthetic Cobaltism: Neurological and Cardiac Manifestations in Two Patients with Metal-on-Metal Arthroplasty. In other words, the article describes the real-life brain-function and heart problems caused by heavy metal poisoning – a common complaint found in patients who receive defective DePuy hip replacements. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this article is that its author, Dr. Stephen S. Tower of the Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, is also one of the two subjects featured in the anthroplasty report. Dr. Tower and the ... Read More

Metallosis is a condition caused by faulty artificial hip parts

Last August, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced that it was recalling hip replacement parts because the devices demonstrated a higher than expected failure rate, causing numerous people to undergo revision surgery to have the defective parts replaced. Patients with the recalled DePuy artificial hip joints experienced severe pain and swelling and had difficulty walking caused by the implant detaching from the bone, dislocating, or causing fractures in the bone where it was attached. These problems were quickly identified through surgery and x-rays. But another problem was also occurring in some patients. A condition known as metallosis. ... Read More

Billy Joel recovering from hip replacement surgery

Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel, 61, is recovering from bilateral hip replacement surgery. The singer-songwriter of hits like “Uptown Girl” and “Piano Man” was admitted to a hospital in Long Island, New York, last week to be treated for a congenital hip problem that had him hobbling around with a cane. When it was suggested that he receive an artificial hip, Joel’s ex-wife Christy Brinkley said he opted to have both hip joints replaced because he feared if he just had one done he wouldn’t go back to have the other done. Following the surgery, the singer was quoted as saying, ... Read More

Thousands may need revision surgery to replace bad artificial hip

Thousands of the 93,000 people who received artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopedics will have to have surgery to have their implants replaced because the products can dislocate, come loose, or cause bone fractures. The affected parts include the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, both made by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Most hip replacement systems can last up to 35 years with a failure rate of about 12 percent. However, studies show that DePuy artificial hips have the same failure rate in just five years after being implanted. The defective implants ... Read More

Woman with dislocated artificial hip rescued from fall

MILWAUKIE, OREGON – A 69-year-old woman with an artificial hip dislocated it last week in the garage of her home, and fell to the cold, concrete floor where she was unable to get up. For 18 hours, the woman called for help before two joggers heard her cries and rescued her. Hip replacements can restore mobility and relieve pain for millions of people, but sometimes faulty implant parts can cause greater problems. Generally, artificial hips last about 35 years before needing to be replaced. But a study into revision surgeries in patients with artificial hips found that some hip replacement ... Read More