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FDA Warns of Medical Effects that Can Occur with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided information to the public advising of potential medical effects that can occur with metal-on-metal hip implants. Makers of such metal-on-metal implants, such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical have been swamped with lawsuits for injuries and negative health effects allegedly caused by the devices. The FDA points out that metal-on-metal hip implants have the same adverse effects as any other type of hip implant such as loosening, infection, bone loss, fracture of the device or bone, and joint dislocation. But the FDA openly warns of the additional ... Read More

Surgeon warns patients with metal hip implants to undergo regular screening

People who have undergone hip replacement surgery who have, or think they have, a metal-on-metal (MoM) implant, should contact their orthopedic surgeon even if the joint appears to be functioning well to rule out a type of blood poisoning, warns Dr. Stephen Faust, an orthopedic surgeon and co-director of Anne Arundel Medical Group’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists. “Hip replacements have been widely performed in this country for over 50 years, and the results have improved significantly due to improvements in techniques and materials,” he wrote in the Capital Gazette. “However, some changes that initially seemed to promise improved outcomes ... Read More

Odd medical symptoms caused by corroding metal-on-metal hip implants

It was nagging back pain, a presumed “pinched nerve,” that couldn’t be relieved with pain pills that sent Di Harvey to an orthopedic surgeon, but his diagnosis left her speechless. The back pain was not caused by a problem with her back, but was transferred pain from her artificial right hip, which had been implanted seven years earlier in 20013. The news was unbelievable to Di because the hip implant she received was considered the “Rolls-Royce of hips,” a new metal-on-metal hip implant made of cobalt and chromium designed to be more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic hip implants. This ... Read More

European health officials warn of dangers with metal hip implants

Regulators of European medical devices have released a fact sheet detailing the pros, cons and potential health risks for patients who choose to receive so-called metal-on-metal hip implants. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks compiled the fact sheet to address concerns about premature failures and injuries caused by the all-metal devices. Traditional hip replacement systems are made of ceramic or plastic parts, and can last up to 20 years or longer. But in recent years manufacturers have produced hip implants made with metal parts under the guise that all-metal hip implants would be more ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson to pay Oregon $4 million for deceptively marketing metal hip implants

Johnson & Johnson will pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit with the State of Oregon over claims that the company failed to warn doctors and patients that its artificial hip had a high failure rate. The settlement is being called the first of its kind by the Oregon Department of Justice. The settlement involves Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system, which was recalled in 2010 after mounting reports of premature failure. Not only were the devices failing at a higher than expected rate, in some cases the metal devices were corroding inside the body, ... Read More

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

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

Stryker to pay up to $1.1 billion to resolve metal hip lawsuits

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. says it expects to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle personal injury lawsuits stemming from a 2012 recall of two of the company’s metal hip implants. The amount is more than twice what the company previously estimated it would have to pay to resolve the lawsuits. In July 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems because of concerns that the devices could fret or corrode inside the body, which could damage surrounding tissue and cause pain and inflammation. Last July the company in a securities filing said it estimated the costs ... 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

Spanish king undergoes third hip replacement surgery due to joint infection

King Juan Carlos of Spain, 75, underwent a third hip replacement surgery less than two years after the last hip treatment, because the tissue surrounding the implant had become infected.  Carlos has undergone seven surgeries since 2010, including having both his hips replaced during three surgeries last year. The first hip replacement surgery came after he fell during an elephant-hunting holiday in Botswana. The monarch never gained full mobility after his last hip surgery and requires a cane to walk. It is not reported what type of artificial hip Carlos received. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic ... Read More