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FDA tells DePuy to take joint replacements off the market

Posted on January 30th, 2012 No Comments

Recently, the FDA asked DePuy Orthopaedics to take several of their joint replacements off the market.  According to a letter from the agency, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy sold 14 hip, knee, and joint replacements without proper approval. The letter accuses DePuy of improperly marketing the devices and selling them without the necessary premarket […]

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Johnson & Johnson pays $3 billion for hip recall in 2011

Posted on January 25th, 2012 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson, owner of DePuy Orthopaedics, recently released a report on their finances in 2011.  According to the report, the DePuy hip recall and litigation related to the product cost the company $2.9 billion last year. The company’s expenses related to the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement included $336 million for the recall, $1 […]

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Scientists find all-metal hip implants produce natural lubricant

Posted on January 16th, 2012 No Comments

Scientists from the U.S. and Germany recently found that all-metal hip implants have the ability to produce a natural lubricant called graphite. Researchers believe this discovery could help device manufacturers create hip implants that will last longer and be less likely to be defective.  The study comes shortly after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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DePuy recall prompts new legislation

Posted on January 12th, 2012 No Comments

The August 2010 recall of DePuy’s ASR hip implant recently prompted three members of the U.S. Senate to introduce legislation that would require medical device manufacturers to track their devices and take record of the patients who use them. To complicate DePuy’s recall of thousands of ASR hip replacements all over the world, the company […]

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Health insurance subrogation in DePuy lawsuits

Posted on January 10th, 2012 No Comments

While health insurance is designed to help patients pay their medical bills, when a patient is injured and files suit, their insurance provider may be entitled to some amount of payment from any settlement or award resulting from the lawsuit. For example, if a DePuy ASR hip replacement patient experiences hip implant failure and decides […]

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DePuy hip implant failure rates increase

Posted on January 6th, 2012 No Comments

According to a new report by the Food and Drug Administration, the administration received more complaints concerning metal-on-metal hip replacements in the first six months of 2011 than in the past four years combined. The implant failures aren’t  just a national problem either; the English and Welsh National Joint Registry has reported that one in […]

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