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Australian teacher leads class-action lawsuit against DePuy

A class action lawsuit against DePuy Orthopedics has been filed in Australia, led by Tammy Stanford, a 40-year-old teacher and mother of two who says the DePuy implants she received in 2005 have so debilitated her, she can no longer work in the classroom. Now, instead of experiencing the enhanced quality of life that the implants offered, she relies on crutches to walk and pain medication to make it through the day. The Australian Orthopaedic Association’s joint replacement registry shows that up until 2009, more than 5,000 Australians received DePuy’s defective prosthetic hips and will need to have them replaced. ... Read More

Australian woman sues DePuy for faulty hip implant

When Australian Tammy Stanford received an artificial hip in 2005 at the young age of 35, it was to relieve pain and restore mobility. Instead, her hip implant left her in more pain and has completely diminished her quality of life. She now relies on crutches and pain medication to get her around. The problem with Tammy’s artificial hip is not uncommon. In fact, such a large number of people had complained about their artificial hips that researchers began to see a trend. A special type of metal-on-metal hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics was failing at an unexpectedly high rate ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson eyes another hip-making company

Johnson & Johnson may have its eyes on obtaining another artificial hip-making subsidiary, according to a Daily Mail report. Smith & Nephew, a U.K. medical equipment company, recently announced that it fired its chief executive officer David Illingworth after just four years on the job. Illingworth will be replaced by Oliver Bohuon, who has worked with both GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories in the past. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported that both Johnson & Johnson and rival Blomet have made informal approaches to the company in turmoil. Illingworth refused to comment on the possible takeover, but analysts say the company is ... Read More

Five Chicago hip implant patients file lawsuits against DePuy

An ABC affiliate in Chicago reports that five Chicago area residents are filing lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, over their defective hip implant devices. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the DePuy hip implant recipients accuse the manufacturer of ignoring evidence that the hip implant devices were defective and then acting too slowly to recall them. The implants contain large metal-on-metal components which with friction release potentially toxic heavy metals into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. DePuy artificial hip recipients across the United States have reported symptoms associated with metalosis or metal poisoning because of the faulty ... Read More

Journal report describes devastating effects of defective artificial hips

The online edition of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has published a case report today entitled Arthroprosthetic Cobaltism: Neurological and Cardiac Manifestations in Two Patients with Metal-on-Metal Arthroplasty. In other words, the article describes the real-life brain-function and heart problems caused by heavy metal poisoning – a common complaint found in patients who receive defective DePuy hip replacements. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this article is that its author, Dr. Stephen S. Tower of the Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, is also one of the two subjects featured in the anthroplasty report. Dr. Tower and the ... Read More