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What to do if your hip implant was recalled

Posted on December 12th, 2011 No Comments

Product manufacturers in the U.S. issue recalls every day because their products have in some way become a threat to consumers.  Because there are so many recalls, many consumers may not notice if a product they are using has been recalled. It is especially important for people who have undergone surgery to have a hip […]

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Research suggests new implants are no better than traditional hip replacements

Posted on November 30th, 2011 No Comments

A recent study says that new hip implants, like metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-ceramic implants, are not more effective than traditional hip implants, like metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic-on-polyethylene implants.  In fact, the study suggests that hip replacements that have been developed more recently are more harmful than traditional implants. The research was conducted by a professor and his […]

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FDA has until November to review all-metal hip implant producers’ study plans

Posted on October 20th, 2011 No Comments

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked all manufacturers of all-metal hip implants, like DePuy Orthopaedics, to begin research into their metal-on-metal hip replacement devices’ failure rates, defects, and risks. In addition, the FDA asked the hip replacement producers to submit plans for their study that they would then review, and possibly approve, […]

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Over 350 DePuy hip implant lawsuits filed in August

Posted on September 14th, 2011 No Comments

Last month, more than 350 lawsuits were filed over the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant. The metal-on-metal hip implant was recalled by DePuy after patients realized that the product lasted without problems for much shorter than it was advertised. Most of the lawsuits filed in August over the DePuy ASR hip replacement were filed in […]

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Experts say there is lag between recall and product removal

Posted on August 11th, 2011 No Comments

Recent attention on medical device and pharmaceutical reviews and recalls has some experts pointing out the problem with lag time between when a product is recalled and when it is actually removed from the shelves of hospitals and other distributors. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “In recent years, the agency has experienced significant […]

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Institute of Medicine calls for medical device regulation reform

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Last Friday, the Institute of Medicine announced that they believe that medical device regulation in the U.S. needs complete reform.  The current system for regulating medical devices like hip replacements, pacemakers, and contact lenses has been used for 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration and device manufactures expressed disagreement with the Institute’s review of […]

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GAO calls DePuy recall high-risk

Posted on June 30th, 2011 No Comments

Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report covering 21 high-risk medical product recalls issued between 2005 and 2009.  The report includes recalls where a company was unable to correct or remove the defective products. The report scrutinizes the federal health regulators and their ability to track unsafe medical devices after recalls.  According […]

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Hip replacement report created

Posted on June 28th, 2011 No Comments

GlobalData recently announced that they have created a report concerning data on the global hip replacement market. The report, Hip Replacement Implants- Global Pipeline Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts to 2017, will provide information on hip replacement models, trends in the hip implant market, market dynamics, competition, and different technologies.  Information in the report […]

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FDA approves ceramic-on-metal hip replacement

Posted on June 16th, 2011 No Comments

This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration gave approval of the first ceramic-on-metal hip replacement.  The device was made by Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics. This hip replacement is the first product that features a metal socket and ceramic ball.  The hip replacement gives patients with osteoarthritis and in need of a hip replacement […]

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Baby boomers cause increase in hip replacement surgeries

Posted on June 6th, 2011 No Comments

As the Baby boomer generation gets older, doctors and hospitals have experienced an increase in hip replacement surgeries and knee replacement surgeries. Over the past 10 years, knee replacement surgeries have doubled for all age groups and tripled among 45 to 64-year olds, and hip replacement surgeries have had similar increases. Researchers say that for […]

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