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Patients with metal hip implants may experience problems

Patients who have received metal-on-metal hip replacement systems should be aware of potential problems caused by the implants even if they have not experienced any symptoms, such as pain. The devices have come under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because or reports of joint space inflammation and blood poisoning caused by bits of metal that flake off the device when its metal parts rub together. The inflammation is being blamed on the accelerated failure of the devices, causing them to loosen, dislocate or fracture. The blood poisoning has been linked to various symptoms such as fatigue and ... Read More

Woman’s creaking hip was first sign of trouble with defective hip implant

Judy White felt her body was as fragile as an eggshell when she walked across her garden or knelt down to pick up a flower pot. The creaking that radiated from her leg made her even more concerned that the “worn out” hip she had replaced in order to make her more mobile might have actually caused her more harm that good. White, who had received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement system, had to undergo revision surgery to have her faulty hip implant replaced. When White learned that the device that had been implanted in her body ... Read More

Australian man says DePuy knew hip implants were faulty, failed to take action

Like more than 90,000 other people around the world, Howard Brown, a resident of Sandgate in Queensland, Australia put his trust in DePuy Orthopaedics and received one of their all-metal hip implants in July 2008. The 67-year-old retiree looked forward to a better quality of life the supposedly durable implants offered, but shortly after surgery his health took a turn for the worst. Mr. Brown told Australia’s Newcastle Herald that about a year ago his health took a turn for the worst, starting with burning sensations in his leg that he said would “virtually bring tears to my eyes.” Particles ... Read More

Australians affected by hip implant recall file lawsuit

Attorneys on behalf of Australians affected by a massive artificial hip recall have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the implant in Federal Court this week. The claimants are seeking compensation for harm as well as punitive damages. Plaintiffs allege that the company, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of the medical giant Johnson & Johnson, allowed the products to remain on the market despite sufficient evidence showing the devices were causing patients harm. DePuy Orthopaedics introduced its ASR XL Acetabulator and Resurfacing hip replacement systems across the globe in 2006, claiming the metal-on-metal construction made the devices more durable than ... Read More

British registry shows DePuy hip implants failure rate rising

An estimated one-fifth to one-third of patients who have received a metal-on-metal hip replacement system made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics have had the devices fail them, according to the National Joint Registry for England and Wales. The report suggests the problem with the artificial hips is even greater than first expected. The United States does not have an established registry for replacement joints, but reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have also indicated the DePuy artificial hips were failing at a higher than expected rate. The hip implants were recalled last fall, affecting an estimated ... Read More

U.K. registry finds increasingly higher failure rate for DePuy ASR hip implants

The National Joint Registry for England and Wales (NJR), the largest registry in the world to track orthopedic devices, has reported more bad news about metal-on-metal hip implants. The latest NJR report, released last week, spells trouble for recipients of many kinds of all-metal hips, but is especially ominous for patients who received one of the two DePuy ASR hip implants that the manufacturer recalled last August. According to the new report, metal-on-metal hip implants, which were intended to be more durable and longer lasting than traditional metal and plastic implants, are failing at increasingly higher rates. Failure rates are ... Read More

Disabled woman files lawsuit against artificial hip manufacturer

Narelle Lindrea waited nearly two years to recover from her hip replacement surgery, but the pain and disability never seemed to subside. She called her doctor’s office to ask why she was still hurting, and that’s when she learned her artificial hip had been recalled. “I was stunned and all I could say to her was, ‘It’s not just like a can of baked beans!’” Narelle is one of an estimated 93,000 people worldwide who received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR-model hip replacement system. The device was built with metal-on-metal parts designed to be stronger and more durable than traditional ceramic ... Read More

FDA launches new training program for medical device reviewers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented two new training programs designed to improve the consistency of medical device reviews by enhancing the skills of the individuals tasked with reviewing pre-marketing applications at the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). This program is just one of the 25 action items listed in the FDA’s Plan of Action for Implementation of 510(k) and Science Recommendations announced earlier this year to increase the predictability and transparency of regulatory pathways and to strengthen the 510(k) process, an expedited approval process granted to moderate-risk medical devices determined to be “sufficiently similar” ... Read More

Former DePuy CEO to head orthopedics booster despite expensive hip recall

David Floyd, former CEO of DePuy Orthopaedics, a medical device company, will now be at the helm of OrthoWorx, an “industry, community and education” initiative that is working to boost the orthopedics cluster in Warsaw, Ind. Floyd stepped down as CEO of DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, last spring, six months after the company issued a recall of one of its hip replacement systems. The recall has already cost the company nearly $1 billion in legal expenses. Despite DePuy’s problems, OrthoWorx announced that it is pleased to have Floyd’s “industry experience as the global head of the multi-billion orthopedic enterprise, ... Read More

New Zealanders cannot sue over defective hip implant

New Zealander Mark Grennell was in his 40s when he had hip replacement surgery to repair an injury sustained in a car accident when he was a child. The surgery gave him relief from pain, but the success was short-lived. Soon Grennell’s pain returned with vengeance and he became homebound. He had to give up his job, which required heavy lifting, and packed on nearly 200 pounds, exasperating his situation. It wasn’t until Grennell read an article in the New Zealand Herald that he realized that a metal-on-metal hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, ... Read More