Depuy hip failure in younger patients could mean lifetime of disability, pain

March 30th, 2012 by Kurt Niland

depuy e1302550573746 100x39 Depuy hip failure in younger patients could mean lifetime of disability, painSusanna Derham, a resident of Surrey, England, was just 34 years old when she was implanted with an all-metal hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics. Her natural hip had plagued her with arthritis for years, so receiving a sturdy, state-of-the-art metal hip designed to last up to 25 years offered her hope for a better, less painful future. But she was wrong.

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FDA missed warning signs on metal-on-metal artificial hips

March 29th, 2012 by Jennifer Walker-Journey

fda 100x100 FDA missed warning signs on metal on metal artificial hips Dr. Stephen Tower, an orthopaedic surgeon from Anchorage, Alaska, knew the artificial hip device he wanted when he required hip replacement surgery for his arthritic hip. He chose the ASR XL, a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The all-metal device was constructed with chromium and cobalt, and appeared to be the best option for someone who wanted to get back to vigorous physical activity.

What he didn’t realize is that the DePuy device he chose had not been tested for safety and efficacy before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device was grandfathered into the market through a process that allows medical devices to be approved by the FDA if they are similar to ones already on the market.

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New study advises surgeons, patients avoid all-metal hip implants

March 26th, 2012 by Kurt Niland

the lancet 300x201 New study advises surgeons, patients avoid all metal hip implants A new study funded by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales and published this month in the British medical journal The Lancet calls on surgeons to stop using metal-on-metal hip implants completely, saying that evidence shows patients who receive the implants are much more likely to need revision surgery to have the implants repaired or replaced.

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DePuy ordered phase-out of defective hip implant after FDA inquiry

March 23rd, 2012 by Jennifer Walker-Journey

johnson and johnson no 100x100 DePuy ordered phase out of defective hip implant after FDA inquiryJohnson & Johnson decided to phase out one of the hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics and sell off its inventory shortly after receiving an inquiry from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that questioned the device’s safety and efficacy. The federal agency was asking the drug and medical device manufacturer for safety data on its metal-on-metal ASR XL Acetabulator hip replacement and hip resurfacing systems, and informed the company that blood tests in patients who had received the implants showed “high levels of metal ions.”

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Consumer Reports warns of FDA’s fast-track medical device approval process

March 21st, 2012 by Kurt Niland

Unknown1 100x100 Consumer Reports warns of FDAs fast track medical device approval processIn an email blast to one million subscribers, Consumer Reports President Jim Guest wrote that medical devices that receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval through its fast-track process have created a “nightmare scenario” for public safety. The fast-track approval process, or 510(k), is a shortcut designed to speed low- and moderate-risk medical devices to market when their designs are similar to already approved devices, bypassing costly and time-consuming clinical safety trials.

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Consumer Reports chief protests medical device approval process

March 21st, 2012 by Jennifer Walker-Journey

consumer reports logo 300x114 Consumer Reports chief protests medical device approval process“It’s a nightmare scenario,” Consumer Reports President Jim Guest wrote in an email blast to one million Americans earlier this year. He was warning consumers that medical devices they assume are safe may not be fully vetted before being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and that the federal government needed to change this process that is putting the lives of millions of people at risk.

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Another victim of recalled DePuy hip implant speaks out

March 20th, 2012 by Jennifer Walker-Journey

Unknown 100x100 Another victim of recalled DePuy hip implant speaks outTerri Wagner-Morley’s artificial hip seemed like an answered prayer. In just one year, she regained mobility lost from chronic arthritis, and was able to exercise again. She shed more than 50 pounds and was enjoying life again. “It felt great,” she told the Star Tribune. But shortly thereafter problems began to surface. It started with a popping sensation in her right hip, then came the . Soon, Terri wasn’t moving around like she had been. The exercising stopped, and the weight came back.

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New Zealanders who say they were injured by DePuy hip implants find hope in UK litigation

March 19th, 2012 by Kurt Niland

lawsuit gavel scales of justice 100x100 New Zealanders who say they were injured by DePuy hip implants find hope in UK litigationA group of New Zealanders allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics is joining an international against the company.

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DePuy hip implant leads to renewed pain, hardship for Minnesota woman

March 14th, 2012 by Kurt Niland

Unknown1 100x100 DePuy hip implant leads to renewed pain, hardship for Minnesota woman Terri, a mother of twin college-age daughters and a grown son, told the Minnesota StarTribune that the DePuy ASR artificial hip she received in 2008 to counter the chronic arthritis in her right hip gave her a new lease on life. As she recovered from replacement surgery, the subsided and her mobility improved dramatically.

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Study indicates metal-on-metal hip implants prone to failure

March 13th, 2012 by Jennifer Walker-Journey

Unknown1 100x100 Study indicates metal on metal hip implants prone to failureSurgeons should stop using metal-on-metal hip implants because they are prone to failure and may seep toxic metals into patients’ blood, say researchers who conducted safety studies on various hip replacement systems. The study was published this week in The Lancet.

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