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BBC investigation exposes dire threat posed by all-metal hip implants

A joint investigation led by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that DePuy Orthopaedics and other manufacturers of all-metal hip implants may have known about the serious risks these devices have posed for years but failed to remove them from the market. The investigative report comes as Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a new advisory to nearly 50,000 all-metal hip implant recipients in the U.K., urging them to undergo annual tests to check for possible complications arising from the risky devices. The advisory replaces a previous recommendation that ... Read More

Hundreds of thousands may be at risk from faulty all-metal hip implants

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with all-metal artificial hips may be at risk for toxic ions seeping into their bloodstream and putting them at risk for serious health concerns, according to an investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). The agencies compared the metal hip crisis to another medical device health crisis, toxic-leaking breast implants, which an estimated 400,000 women in 65 countries (excluding the United States) received. The European Union (EU) is currently embroiled in a scandal involving  a type of breast implant made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). It ... Read More

Memo reveals DePuy knew its hip implants were defective but continued to sell them

Top executives for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics had evidence that one of the company’s all-metal artificial hip devices was failing prematurely in patients a year before the device was recalled, but withheld this information and continued to market the device. The evidence is found in an August 2009 email sent to three top executives at DePuy from a vice president at the company regarding another hip device. The company had sought approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ASR hip implant used for a relatively new hip replacement procedure called resurfacing. Typically, the vast majority ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson CEO to step down amid product recalls

Johnson & Johnson will mark the end of an era this spring when longtime CEO Bill Weldon steps down as the top executive of the largest health care company in the world. The change comes as the company struggles to regain its standing after more than two dozen product recalls, including top brands such as Tylenol, since September 2009 for problems such as foul smelling medicine bottles and contaminated drugs to defective and dangerous medical devices. As Weldon sat at the helm, the company’s financial performance slumped. While profits more than doubled to $65 billion last year, product recalls cost ... 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

British study links metal hips with elevated cancer risks

Preliminary results of a British study that monitored the health of patients who were implanted with all-metal hips suggest the devices may be exposing patients to increased cancer risks and genetic damage. All-metal hip implants, also called metal-on-metal implants, are artificial hip devices that incorporate a metal ball and metal cup. Friction generated by this metal-on-metal combination releases metallic particles into the patient’s body, often leading to elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in the blood, which may cause local and systemic damage. The recall of DePuy Orthopedics’ all-metal ASR hip devices in August 2010 and escalating concerns over the ... Read More

Congress weighs value of expedited approval process for medical devices

Medical device manufacturers are hoping lawmakers sympathize with them and their efforts to put much-needed medical devices on the market sooner for patients in need, rather than with consumer groups who say the approval process for moderate-risk medical devices is flawed and dangerous, and allows products onto the market before they have been proved safe and effective. The $350 million medical device industry spent a whopping $33 million last year and used 225 lobbyists in an effort to sway federal decision makers in their favor despite records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that show that nearly 5,000 deaths in ... Read More

Prompted by DePuy recall, U.K. to issuer stronger warnings about all-metal hip implants

U.K. doctors and medical regulators have expressed greater concern for recipients of hip implants made from all-metal parts, saying the devices are more dangerous to human health than they previously thought, an investigative report by the Sunday Telegraph has found. All-metal hip implants consist of a metal ball and metal cup. Friction between these metal parts can release particles of cobalt and chromium into the blood and tissue, sometimes in dangerously high levels. Over time, a buildup of these metals in the body can cause a spectrum of illnesses and injuries related to metal poisoning, including muscle damage and bone fracture ... Read More

Study: Metal hips cause problems years after they are removed

Years after all-metal hip implants are removed, they can continue to cause problems for patients, according to new research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The news was hardly a revelation. Last year, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall on its metal-on-metal ASR XL hip replacement and resurfacing implants after a higher than expected number of failures. Hip implant failures occur when the device loosens, fractures or dislocates causing patients pain and difficulty walking. What surgeons realized is that the problems with DePuy devices were caused by inflammation ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implants leave patients with unanswered questions, anxiety

A couple in the U.K. told England’s Hull Daily Mail that they are living with worry and uncertainty about their all-metal hip implants after physicians found elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in one of the patients. According to the Hull Daily Mail, Hetty Smith, 68, underwent hip resurfacing surgery on one hip in 2000 and the other in 2001, receiving an all-metal implant. In 2008, her husband Brian, 74, had hip resurfacing surgery on one hip, during which he was also fitted with a metal-on-metal prosthesis. Concerned about the all-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, which were recalled ... Read More