DePuy Hip Replacement News

Johnson & Johnson to settle 8,000 DePuy hip replacement lawsuits

December 19th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson announced that it would settle roughly 8,000 DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits filed against the company. Lawyers estimated the settlement could exceed $2.5 billion, or about $250,000 per patient. More »

Dramatic testimony fills bellwether DePuy hip replacement lawsuit

February 26th, 2013

Dramatic testimonies are taking place at the bellwether DePuy hip replacement lawsuit trial in New Jersey. Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy division faces allegations that it released a faulty and defective advice, causing injury to thousands of patients who received the metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip replacement. More »

DePuy employees charged with bribing Greek hospitals to buy hip devices

February 15th, 2013

Greek prosecutors have charged five DePuy officials of bribing hospitals to buy their medical devices. DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is currently on trial for its DePuy ASR hip replacement device, which thousands of patients allege caused injuries. More »

FDA says metal-on-metal hips can damage soft tissue

January 29th, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that metal-on-metal hip replacements can cause soft tissue damage and pain that leads to revision surgery. This additional info comes during a review of the agency’s policies regarding all-metal hip implants. More »

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

January 25th, 2013

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. More »

Smith & Nephew recalls metal-on-metal hip replacement component

June 7th, 2012

British medical device company Smith & Nephew has recalled the cup component of its R3 Acetabular System, a type of metal-on-metal hip replacement. The recall comes after the company received a higher than normal number of complaints from patients who received the device. More »

FDA to assemble expert panel review of metal-on-metal hip implants

April 27th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to hold a two-day expert panel review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR hip replacement. The panel will consist of doctors and researchers who have worked closely with all-metal devices. More »

Poll finds Americans support safety reviews of medical devices

March 29th, 2012

A poll by Consumer Reports indicates that an overwhelming number of Americans support giving the Food and Drug Administration increased control in conducting safety reviews for medical devices such as the DePuy ASR hip replacement. 91% of respondents said all devices should be safety tested even if similar devices are in use, and 82% said that they believe preventing safety problems is more important than preventing delays and encouraging innovation. More »

Researchers call for a ban on metal-on-metal hip replacements

March 16th, 2012

A new study published in The Lancet has called for a ban on the use of all metal-on-metal hip implants, such as those manufactured by DePuy. The researchers concluded that metal-on-metal hip implants were more likely to fail prematurely than hip replacements that are manufactured from other materials. More »

Maker of failing hip device sold unapproved orthopedic devices

February 2nd, 2012

A letter from the Food and Drug Administration warns that the manufacturer of a failing hip device sold more than 12 different orthopedic device parts without receiving approval. The FDA says DePuy Orthopedics used the components for several different systems, including knee and hip replacements. More »

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