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Johnson and Johnson completes merger with troubled artificial hip maker

Johnson & Johnson has completed its acquisition of Synthes, Inc. and will integrate Synthes with its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics to establish the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The deal was sealed with $19.7 billion in cash and stock. “The completion of the Synthes acquisition creates the world’s most innovative and comprehensive orthopaedics business and reflects our long-standing strategy of leadership within attractive health care markets,” said Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson. “The combination of these two respected leaders — Synthes and DePuy — will enable us to better serve clinicians and patients worldwide, bring new ... Read More

Medical school to establish database of total joint replacement surgeries

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has received a $12 million grant, with which it intends to begin compiling assessments of key factors related to total joint replacement (TJR) surgery. These surgeries include knee and hip replacement surgeries. The medical school plans to compile a national database that will include more than 33,000 patients who have had total joint replacements and develop tools with which to assess the success and failure of the surgery. Ultimately, they hope the study will help with both research and to guide clinical care and health care policy, according to a release from the ... Read More

DePuy hip replacement recall may affect wide range of patients

It used to be that the average patient for a hip replacement surgery was between 65 and 80 years old. The surgery, first performed in 1960, is a major undertaking, involving one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. However, advances in technology and surgical techniques, combined with today’s expectations about continuing strenuous or challenging physical activities later in life, have contributed to a growing population of younger patients. According to a report in the Dallas News, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that it is not unusual for someone as young as 50 to get joint replacement surgery. In fact, statistics indicate ... Read More