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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

DePuy paid doctors millions to promote its defective hip implants

About 30 patients of New Haven, Connecticut, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Irving received a phone call notifying them that the artificial hip they received had been recalled by the manufacturer and that they may need a second surgery to replace the part. What patients didn’t know is that the manufacturer of the faulty hip replacement parts, DePuy Orthopedics, had paid Dr. Irving more than $80,000 in consultant’s payments since 2009. According to an investigation by C-HIT, DePuy paid more than $80.8 million to some 200 doctors across the country since 2009 to promote their hip replacement parts. In August, DePuy recalled ... Read More

Ireland establishes joint replacement register following DePuy withdrawal

Fed up with a hip replacement system that resulted in the withdrawal of the product from Ireland, Irish orthopaedic surgeons have negotiated a deal with Health Service Executive, Ireland’s health and social services organization, to establish a joint replacement register to give better data on artificial hip and other joint replacements and help identify any problems that may be emerging with them. The registry was announced by David Moore, president of the Institute of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, and was spurred by the August withdrawal of the DuPuy ASR hip implant system after reports of a higher than normal failure ... Read More

Young men, elderly women at highest risk of shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocations most often occur during sports activities and young men are at the greatest risk of having them, one of the main reasons young athletes see orthopaedic surgeons, according to a study published in the March 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). The study also puts elderly women at high risk of shoulder dislocation. Researchers add that despite the prevalence of shoulder dislocations, the injuries are relatively under-reported. A team of researchers and orthopaedic surgeons at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, New York, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences reviewed ... Read More