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Takeoff aborted after Airbus engine explodes on Manchester, UK runway

An Airbus A330-200 passenger jet operated by British-based Thomas Cook Airlines aborted takeoff Monday afternoon after one its engines exploded during takeoff at Manchester Airport in England. Nobody was injured by the blast, but the incident left a jet full of Dominican Republic-bound passengers shaken and uncertain about their safety as airplane passengers. According to the Manchester Evening News, the 325 passengers aboard Thomas Cook flight TCX314 hear a loud bang as the airplane was headed down the runway at high speed 1 p.m. Manchester time. The jet was still on the ground and its pilots brought it to a ... Read More

Most all-metal hip recipients need yearly testing, British regulators warn

Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday advised recipients of certain high-risk all-metal hip implants to be tested annually for the rest of their lives out of concern for illnesses and injuries the implants may cause. Annual blood tests will detect how much cobalt and chromium the hip devices have released into the body through friction between their all-metal parts. Patients with elevated levels of the metals in their blood will need to have magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs) to show any injuries the metal hips may have caused. Many patients who have received one of DePuy ... Read More

DePuy hip implant recipient says he can’t remember how pain-free feels

Severe, unceasing pain and immobility has become a new way of life for many patients who received faulty hip implants. Ironically, patients who are experiencing problems with their defective hip implants elected to receive the devices because they thought they would make life better by reducing pain and improving mobility. Norman Sherrington, a 67-year-old U.K. citizen, is one such patient. Speaking on Dispatches, an investigative television program aired in the U.K., Sherrington said that he has endured constant pain ever since his 2006 surgery in which he received a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular (total hip) implant. “I can’t walk up ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More

UK joint registry makes it easy to identify and contact DePuy hip implant recipients

This is Cheshire, an online periodical serving northwest England, reports that 52 patients in the towns of Warrington and Halton have been affected by DePuy Orthopaedics’ recall of its ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing implant systems. DePuy announced its recall of the faulty hip implants in the U.K. last August, after they had been implanted in 10,000 British citizens. But it’s not the numbers that are the most remarkable part of the Cheshire report, it’s the highly efficient British system of identifying, finding, and contacting the hip implant recipients. The National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales ... Read More