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DePuy hip implant patient tests positive for heavy metal toxicity, but says she feels fine

Australia’s Blacktown Sun has profiled another patient Down Under who received one of DePuy’s recalled ASR hip implants, but her story doesn’t exactly match the experience of many others whose struggles with the faulty medical devices have grabbed headlines around the world. The patient, a resident of New South Wales, told the Blacktown Sun that she had her DePuy hip device implanted in 2006, but has not experienced any outward physical reactions or health problems. She found out that her DePuy hip implant was potentially problematic only after her doctor informed her that the device was part of a global ... Read More

House Democrats push for closer review of metal-on-metal hip implants

House Republicans are being urged by Democrats to investigate the safety of metal-on-metal artificial hips, such as the recalled DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL systems, and the process by which those devices are approved. The request was made by Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Henry Waxman of California. Hip implants are typically made from ceramic or plastic parts. But some newer varieties are constructed with metal-on-metal parts. This design is intended to be more durable and last longer than traditional implants. Instead, they have been found to fail at a higher than expected rate. Metal-on-metal hip implants involve a metal ball ... Read More

DePuy Down Under: device maker sponsors Australian orthopedic conference

Earlier this week we wrote about a report that found DePuy and other orthopedic device manufacturers make substantial payments to orthopedic surgeons and academics in the U.S. in exchange for consulting work, but also as a means to “curry relationships” with surgeons, gain market share, and basically sell more hip implants. But the U.S. is not the only place where hip implant manufacturers can influence orthopedic professionals with large payments. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald demonstrates that orthopedic device manufacturers, including DePuy, are getting in good with orthopedic specialists Down Under as well. According to the Morning Herald, ... Read More

Report finds hip-implant manufacturers may influence surgeons with large payouts

Medical device manufacturers still exert a strong influence over orthopedic surgeons and academics, even after a 2007 lawsuit challenged the kickbacks those surgeons received from device manufacturers touting their products. According to a report published Tuesday by the Archives of Internal Medicine, four years after settling the kickback case, in which five orthopedic device companies agreed to pay $310 million in fines for persuading surgeons to use their products with large cash payouts, the manufacturers are paying fewer surgeons with more money. The companies cited in the report – DePuy Orthopaedics, Biomet Orthopedics, Stryker Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew, and Zimmer ... Read More

Artificial hip makers pay less to surgeons after settling lawsuit

A 2007 lawsuit charging manufacturers of artificial hips with providing kickbacks to orthopedic surgeons for using their products, has resulted in fewer payments to surgeons the year following the lawsuit, according to a report released today by the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed data from Biomet Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit, Smith & Nephew Plc, Stryler Corp, and Zimmer Holdings Inc. for the years 2007 and 2008. They found that a total of 939 orthopedic surgeons received $198 million from the medical device companies in 2007. A year later, 568 payments were made worth $119 million, plus $109 ... Read More

Former DePuy spokesmodel ‘devastated’ by her ASR hip implant

A “high-flying IT consultant” and former gymnast was originally so happy with her DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing implant that she agreed to become a spokesmodel for the company, persuading others around the world to consider getting one of DePuy’s all-metal hip implants. Now Penny Brown, a 51-year-old U.K. resident, has joined a class action lawsuit against DePuy in her country, alleging the hip implant ruined her health and quality of life. Ms. Brown began promoting DePuy implants after receiving one herself in 2004. Suffering from arthritis pain, she chose DePuy’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System because she was led to believe ... Read More

Identifying patients with recalled DePuy hip implant imperative

The National Joint Registry for England and Wales reveals that a type of metal-on-metal hip replacement is failing at an alarmingly high rate, making it imperative that all recipients of these faulty devices be identified before their injuries get worse. The British registry of artificial joints was the first to identify the troubling trend with the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL hip replacement system. Data from the British registry ultimately led to the worldwide recall of all DePuy ASR XL hip resurfacing and hip replacement devices, a recall that affects approximately 93,000 people around the world. The British registry makes it ... Read More

Injuries from all-metal hip implants usually difficult to diagnose and detect

Metal-on-metal hip implants are creating “an expanding public health crisis” that threatens hundreds of thousands of people and leaves physicians throughout the country baffled, the New York Times reported. Studies have found that all-metal hip replacement systems such as DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System can cast metal particles into the recipient’s blood and tissue. Elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood manifest in a number of ways, from depression and memory loss to chronic pain and deterioration of muscle, tissue, and bone, but these symptoms are often misconstrued and improperly treated because they ... Read More

Pseudotumors a new complication with metal-on-metal hip implants

Metal-on-metal hip implants have flooded the artificial joint market in the past five years promising to be more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants. But the devices have created a new post-surgical complication – pseudotumors, tumor-like masses resulting from an inflammatory reaction, according to an article published in OrthoSuperSite. Metal-on-metal hip implants have become the focus of a review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the recall of a metal-on-metal artificial hip device manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The article centers on a case study of a 37-year-old woman who under went ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implant problems are gaining more media attention

Hip implants have helped renew the life and vitality of millions of Americans. But in the last decade, a new type of all-metal hip implant emerged on the market, offering patients better durability than the standard metal-on-plastic hip implant designs. Metal-on-metal hip implant designs, so called because the ball and cup of the device are both metallic, were a rising star in the orthopedic device industry. In fact, metal-on-metal implants accounted for about one third of the estimated 250,000 hip replacements made in the U.S. each year. But that trend nearly ground to a halt by the August 2010 recall ... Read More