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DePuy lawsuit filed in Australia over hip replacement defect

Posted on April 30th, 2012 No Comments

A class action lawsuit has now been filed in Australia against DePuy Orthopaedics after patients claimed that the hip replacement system failed and caused them to suffer from serious pain. According to the lawsuit, nearly 5,500 people in Australia have received the faulty hip replacement system. The first lawsuit was filed in Sydney in June […]

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FDA discusses issue with heart pump device, HeartMate II

Posted on April 5th, 2012 No Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has recently discussed issues with the heart pump device, the HeartMate II and has published a detailed explanation of the malfunctions on their website. According to the website, the HeartMate II, manufactured by Thoratec Corp, discusses the bloodflow problems that are associated with the device. The FDA originally posted the […]

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Email revealing DePuy’s knowledge of defects released

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 No Comments

Recently, an internal DePuy Orthopaedics email was released that reveals the company’s knowledge of the defects and high failure rate of their ASR hip implants. The message was written by DePuy’s Vice President in August 2009–a year before the device manufacturer recalled their product. The email was sent to three other DePuy executives and addressed […]

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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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Study says hormone therapy lowers risk of hip fracture in women

Posted on November 28th, 2011 No Comments

New research suggests that women on hormone therapy have a lower risk of suffering a hip fracture.  Conversely, women who have been on hormone therapy but stop taking it have an increased risk of hip fracture. The study was conducted by Women’s Health Initiative.  Researchers concluded that hormone therapy decreases the risk of hip, spine, […]

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Patients continue to file lawsuits over DePuy ASR hip implant

Posted on November 17th, 2011 No Comments

Recent information on litigation concerning the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant shows that patients continue to file suit over the device’s defects and failure at a high rate.  The medical device was recalled in the summer of 2010. Still, patients who received the defective hip implant are filing suit at a rate of about 20 […]

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Legislators push for medical device regulation reform

Posted on October 13th, 2011 No Comments

Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the House Energy & Commerce Committee recently wrote a letter to three House committees, asking them to hold hearings on the regulation of metal-on-metal hip implant devices and brain stents. Medical device regulation reform has recently become a common topic of discussion due to the recall […]

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Ways in which the ASR hip implant fails

Posted on September 19th, 2011 No Comments

The reason Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall of their ASR hip implant was because it was shown to have an unacceptably high failure rate. In the years that the ASR hip implant was used in hip replacement surgeries, more than 40,000 patients received the DePuy ASR hip replacement.  According to research […]

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Distinguishing between arthritis and hip implant failure

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Some people experiencing joint paint in the hip may be quick to assume that the pain they are experiencing is arthritis.  However, there is a good chance that it is actually the result of hip replacement failure. While arthritis and hip implant failure have many of the same symptoms — including swelling, loss of flexibility, […]

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Lawsuit claims that DePuy hip implant recall should have been made years ago

Posted on April 21st, 2011 No Comments

According to claims that were made in a Pennsylvania lawsuit, the DePuy hip replacement systems should have been recalled years ago. The allegations in the lawsuit state that the manufacturers of the product knew about the possible defects and still did not remove the systems. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., Johnson & Johnson and the designer of […]

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