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New study may spell trouble for all-metal hip implants and their makers

When orthopedic device manufacturers conceived all-metal hip implants a decade ago, their intention was to provide patients with a more durable and longer lasting alternative to traditional devices, which incorporate plastic or ceramic components. But according to a new report published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, that plan appears to have backfired. According to Reuters, the new report’s findings “could hurt orthopedic companies that make the devices and accelerate lawsuits.” Instead of less pain and greater mobility, many recipients of all-metal hip devices, including the ASR implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics and recalled last year, experience acute pain and ... Read More

Alabama man files lawsuit against maker of recalled artificial hip

When a Gaylesville, Ala., man received a hip implant in January 2007, he fully expected to keep his artificial hip for the next 15 years or more. But two years later, his device failed, leaving him in severe pain. The man received the ASR XL Acetabulator hip replacement system, manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The hip implant was recalled in July 2010 after mounting reports of premature failure. The man turned down DePuy and Johnson & Johnson’s offer to pay for revision surgeries to replace the defective artificial hip, opting instead to seek compensation for ... Read More

Australian committee seeks better action in helping DePuy hip implant patients

Australian legislators are turning up the heat on DePuy Orthopaedics and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing over apparently faulty metal-on-metal hip implants that threaten the health of more than 5,000 Australians. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a senate committee “expressed shock” at what it called the “intolerable and unacceptable” suffering the allegedly defective DePuy devices have inflicted on hundreds of Australians. Approximately 5,500 Australians have been implanted with one of the ASR hip implant devices made by DePuy and recalled by the company over safety concerns more than a year ago. About 430 of those patients have ... Read More

J-and-J report puts company’s quality standards into question

American consumer health care products and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson released its annual report to shareholders this week, but the report has critics wondering if the company is more focused on profits than the quality of its products. J&J pulled in a whopping $13 billion in profits last year, but shelled out $751 million in taxpayer health care fraud claims; paid $70 million to settle foreign bribery charges; has been sued by consumers over its its allegedly defective metal-on-metal hip implant, and was forced to shut down a major facility that produces Tylenol and other popular brand name ... Read More

Recalled DePuy hip implant causes more than pain for Australian man

Australian Stuart Cain has made provisions to cope with the fact that he may not walk again. The former rugby player had a total hip replacement in 2007, a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of the medical giant Johnson & Johnson. All seemed to be well until 12 months later, when he was overcome with pain, sleeplessness, anemia and a nagging limp. “The physical symptoms I was experiencing were everything from fatigue and headaches, loss of toenails. I also suffered a lot through memory and recall,” Cain told ABC News. Unbeknownst to Cain, his metal hip implant ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip devices lose support within the medical community

Metal-on-metal hip implants have lost key support within the medical community after the California Technology Assessment Forum reversed the position it had adopted a year earlier supporting the hip resurfacing technique, a hip replacement option that uses metal-on-metal hip devices. The CTAF report was based on data from joint registries in England and Australia that found extremely high premature failure rates for some hip implant devices, such as DePuy’s all-metal ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular system. The hip resurfacing technique is offered as an alternative to traditional total hip replacement. The procedure consists of fitting the head ... Read More

Alabama couple sues DePuy over hip implant injuries

An Alabama couple has filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson, seeking damages for injuries, they allege, were caused by faulty ASR hip implants. According to Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, a Gaylesville, Ala., couple filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Rome, Ga., after one of them began to experience severe injuries and pain. As in many other lawsuits brought against DePuy over the faulty ASR hip implants, the couple claim that the ASR device failed after just a couple of years when it should have lasted at least 15. DePuy recalled its ASR XL ... Read More

Spokeswoman for recalled DePuy hip implant falls victim to design defect

Penny Brown was a proud spokesmodel for DePuy Orthopaedics, promoting the company’s ASR XL hip replacement system in posters and consulting others to have the same implant based on her experience. But a few years after receiving the metal-on-metal hip implant, Penny began experiencing problems. Her hip was causing her constant pain, and she also felt a “clunking” sensation when she walked. She became consumed with the fear that she may end up in a wheelchair. When the pain became unbearable, her doctor told her the only solution was to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace a defective implant. What ... Read More

FDA focuses on safety and innovation in approval of medical devices

Amid pressure from victims of faulty artificial hips and an independent medical policy group to stiffen the approval process for medical devices, and requests from medical device manufacturers to keep the status quo, the top device official for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told industry executives last month that the agency hopes to find a solution that focuses both on safety and innovation. The approval process for moderate risk medical devices, such as artificial hips and surgical mesh, has become the focus of concern for the agency after last year’s recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement ... Read More

Body realignment could eliminate need for hip replacement surgery

More than a half a million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year, and the numbers are growing. One doctor suggests many surgeries could have been avoided if peoples’ bodies were better aligned. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and now the No. 1 cause of pain and disability in the United States. Treatment is often hip or knee replacement surgery. But many of the prostheses used to repair damaged joints need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years. Some fail just months after implantation. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing ... Read More