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Corroding metal on artificial hip caused patient neurological symptoms

When orthopedic surgeon Stephen Tower realized in 2006 that in order to continue his recreational cycling he needed hip replacement surgery, he picked the newest and seemingly most durable hip implant on the market at the time – a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The hip implant was specifically marketed to younger, active patients like Stephen. However, after a year Stephen was having pain in his hip and balance issues that caused him to crash his bike. Within the next year, he began experiencing more problems – ringing in his ears, sleep apnea, ... Read More

First New Jersey case alleging DePuy ASR hip injuries to start in October

The first of several hundred ASR-hip lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts against DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson has been scheduled to start October 21. The bellwether case, selected as a representative case to help the court and litigants understand how the rest of the litigation will proceed, will be heard before Judge Brian Marinotti in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. More than 600 lawsuits against DePuy alleging injuries from its ASR metal hip implants are pending in New Jersey, where they have been consolidated for Multi-County Litigation (MCL). Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

DePuy discontinues two of its hip replacement systems

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced it will stop selling two of its less popular hip replacement systems. The company said discontinuations are not the result of safety or effectiveness concerns, and the devices were not being recalled. DePuy will discontinue both the Ultamet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and the Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular systems in August. The devices were distributed worldwide but now represent less than 1 percent of DePuy bearings sold in the United States and Europe. Physicians are now opting for artificial hips made from metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-polyethylene, or ceramic-on-ceramic parts. One reason why surgeons have turned away ... Read More

Woman sues metal hip implant maker for pain and suffering

Diana Jaras has a difficult time understanding what went wrong with her hip replacement. She was having problems with her hip and had to have her metal-on-metal Stryker implant replaced. She underwent revision surgery three months ago, and now walks with a cane. Diana is one of 20,000 Americans who received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG2 Modular Hip Replacement. The devices have a titanium stem attached to a cobalt neck. The metal construction is designed to make the device more durable than traditional ceramic or plastic implants. However, it was flawed. As the metal parts of the implant rubbed together, ... Read More

Judge moves second DePuy hip bellwether trial to September

A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving all-metal ASR hip implants made by DePuy Orthopedics has moved the second bellwether trial from June to September. Judge David Katz, who is presiding over thousands of DePuy lawsuits consolidated in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, filed a trial order on April 22 pushing back the case brought by plaintiff Ann McCracken, a 57-year-old single mother and business owner. Proceedings for the first bellwether case were scheduled to start June 3. The U.S. judicial system uses bellwether trials to represent the larger body of litigation when the number ... Read More

DePuy seeks to overturn $8.26 million jury award in first ASR hip trial

Johnson & Johnson and its orthopedics unit DePuy seek to overturn a Los Angeles jury’s decision to award $8.26 million to a plaintiff for injuries he received from a metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implant. The companies claim that the jury’s findings were inconsistent with court instructions about defective product design and adequate warning of the device’s risk. The verdict DePuy and its parent company want to overturn concluded the first U.S. trial involving defective ASR hip implants. Plaintiff Loren Kransky sued DePuy and affiliated companies after the ASR device he had implanted in his left hip in 2007 failed and ... Read More

Unexplained pain in patients with metal hip implants should be addressed promptly

Patients with failing metal-on-metal hip implants often complain of pain. New research shows the pain these patients are experiencing may be caused by tissue damage and not by wear of the implant. Traditional hip implants are made of ceramic or plastic parts, but a newer generation of hip implants introduced a decade ago featured an all-metal design. These metal-on-metal implants have recently been shown to fail at a higher than expected rate. The failures appear to be accelerated by the leeching of metal ions from the devices into surrounding tissue, causing tissue damage. The ions have also been found to ... Read More

Researchers unsure how to evaluate metal ion levels in patients with metal-on-metal hip implants

Blood tests to measure the amount of metal ions in the blood of patients with metal-on-metal hip implants are inexpensive and provide helpful information. But they do not provide definitive information whether an artificial hip is functioning poorly and is likely to fail, new research shows. Chromium and cobalt ion levels are generally elevated in the blood of patients with all-metal hip implants. Because the implants have been found more likely to fail than traditional hip implants, medical regulators say that patients with the devices should be monitored on a regular basis for signs of failure. That monitoring generally includes a ... Read More

DePuy’s ASR hip implant caused plaintiff’s bone decay, surgeon tells jury

An orthopedic surgeon testifying on behalf of a woman who alleges she was injured by ASR metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics told jurors in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, that metal debris from the hip devices “absolutely” caused the plaintiff to suffer from bone decay. DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Surgeon Tony Nargol, who has warned about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants such as DePuy’s ASR devices, particularly to women, told jurors that plaintiff Carol Strum’s calcar bone had been “eaten away” near the ASR hip device she had implanted in in ... Read More