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Family says defective metal-on-metal hip implant caused mother’s brain cancer

A woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its defective metal-on-metal hip implant has died of an aggressive brain cancer, a disease her family believes was caused by blood poisoning from her corroding artificial hip. Bharucha had broken a hip when she suffered a fall and in 2007 was fitted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The surgery did not relieve her pain or help her regain her mobility. In fact, she grew increasingly worse. By 2011, a year after the device was recalled due to premature failures, Bharucha had revision surgery to ... Read More

Consumer Reports group pushes for warranties on artificial hips

Nearly a half-million Americans each year undergo hip replacement surgery, an invasive operation that requires weeks of rehabilitation. Typical hip implants can last 20 years or more before being replaced, but some have been shown to fail at a faster than expected rate. Thus, the Safe Patient Project, organized by Consumer Reports, is pushing for all hip implants to come with warranties. “One, it tells people how long this implant’s going to last,” said Lisa McGiffert of the Safe Patient Project. “It gives them realistic expectations. And two, it gives them a clear process to follow if their implant should ... Read More

Increasing number of people in U.S. getting hip replacement surgery

An estimated 7 million people in the United States – or 2 out of every 100 – have had a total knee or hip replacement, according to a Mayo Clinic study. The research was the first major study to estimate how common joint replacement has become in the United States. Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and author of the study, reviewed federal databases on surgeries and life expectancy trends and reported those findings this month at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in New Orleans. Until now, since the United States didn’t ... Read More

Fictional Dr. House character helps solve real-life medical mystery

Doctors were stumped by the symptoms exhibited by the 55-year-old man with severe heart failure. He had fever, swollen lymph nodes, hearing and vision loss when he arrived at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany. He also had a metal hip implant that replaced a previous ceramic one. The team of German doctors was no stranger to medical mysteries. They use a variety of resources to help pinpoint difficult-to-diagnose conditions. For this case, doctors recalled an episode of the then-recently-ended Fox TV series, House, a show in which the fictional character Dr. Gregory House solves some of the ... Read More

Biomet to pay $56 million to settle metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits

Medical device company Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay at least $56 million to settle multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Indiana federal court claiming its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were defective. MDLs are special federal legal procedures designed to speed up the process of handling complex cases, such as product liability lawsuits. Biomet disputes the fact that its devices caused people harm, however it agreed to set aside the money for MDL plaintiffs who qualify. The agreement resolves the MDL, which it has been fighting since October 2012. Plaintiffs in the MDL who received either the Biomet M2a-38 or M2a-Magnum hip ... Read More

3 medical devices that can harm you

Medical devices are vitally important to the industry. They vary in complexity and application, from tongue depressors and disposable gloves to implants and prostheses. Because they are used to diagnose, prevent or treat disease or other conditions, these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their safety and efficacy. However, this does not guarantee the devices don’t have hidden design flaws that can cause serious health risks. Here are three commonly used medical devices that were designed to help people, but ultimately caused more harm that good: 1. Transvaginal mesh – Also known as vaginal ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of ASR metal hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits involving defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Othopaedics. DePuy issued a worldwide recall on an estimated 93,000 of its ASR all-metal hip replacement systems in 2010 after reports that the devices were failing at a faster than expected rate. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. However, a large number of DePuy’s ASR devices were failing in five years or less. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the ... Read More

UK’s National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom National Health Service is banning surgeons from using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in patients, based on guidance issued from consumer health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consumer health advocacy group developed the guidelines after investigations and research into the all-metal implants, which were found to have a startling high premature failure rate. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts and generally last about 25 years before needing to be replaced. In the past decade, medical device manufacturers introduced all-metal artificial hips, assuming the devices would hold up better ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

European Parliament considers stronger medical device oversight to better ensure patient safety

Europen Parliament is considering adopting a proposal that would give European drug and medical device regulators more control over medical devices, and require high-risk devices to undergo an approval process before they reach the market. In both Europe and the United States, most medical devices are cleared swiftly for marketing if they can prove they are similar to products already on the market. This has raised safety concerns in the past in both countries, especially after high-profile recalls and safety advisories including the worldwide recall of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedic ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The devices were granted ... Read More