Posts Tagged 'metal hip implants'

Jury hears closing arguments in DePuy hip implant case

According to the Los Angeles Times, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson played “Russian roulette” with patient safety by ignoring high failure rates and surgeons’ complaints about its once-popular artificial hip, a Los Angeles jury was told during closing arguments at a high-stakes medical trial for the company.

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Stryker recommends new guidelines for hip replacement follow-up

Stryker Corporation’s Australian division is recommending that all patients implanted with the Stryker ABG II modular hip replacement system receive regular blood testing and cross-sectional imaging of the hip implant site. This recommendation comes after the manufacturer issued a global recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement systems in July 2012.

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FDA wants hip manufacturers to prove devices are safe before continuing to sell them

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposal that would require metal-on-metal hip manufacturers to prove their current devices are safe before continuing to sell them. As many as 500,000 Americans were estimated to have received an all-metal hip implant since they first appeared on the market.

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FDA Tightens Metal Hip Implant Reviews

Metal hip implants, the subject of thousands of consumer lawsuits, will have to navigate a longer U.S. review process and should only be offered to patients after safer options are considered, government regulators said. The proposed tightening of regulations by the Food and Drug Administration would apply to metal-on-metal hip implants, which have a higher danger of causing tissue damage and complications than similar devices made from different material.

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Metal-on-metal hip implants linked to nearly 17,000 adverse events in U.S.

Nearly 17,000 adverse events in the U.S. from 2000 through 2011 have been linked to metal-on-metal hip replacements, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency’s report came a week before a two-day advisory panel meeting at which experts will discuss the implants.

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Smith & Nephew recalls hip replacement component due to side effects concerns

In June 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a worldwide recall of the metal cup component of its R3 Acetabular System hip replacements. In a press release announcing the recall, Smith & Nephew stated that patients who received an R3 hip implant had reported higher rate of problems with the device than with other hip replacements.

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In Medicine, New Isn’t Always Improved

A type of implants, known as metal-on-metal hips, were regarded by device makers and surgeons as a major advance over previous designs that used both metal and plastic. Now federal regulators and medical researchers are scrambling to determine how many implant recipients have been injured by the devices, which can shed dangerous metallic debris through wear.

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