Did you know some DePuy Hip Replacement Devices could be defective and lead to excess surgeries? Here’s what you need to know about this product defect.

FDA Orders Artificial Hip Makers to Perform Study

According to the May 11. 2011 article in the New York times, The FDA  has ordered the manufacturers of the De Puy artificial hip and all producers of metal on metal  artificial hips to undertake studies of the implants, which have been linked to high early failure rates and severe health effects in some patients. [...]

May 13th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on FDA Orders Artificial Hip Makers to Perform Study

British Study Finds 49% of DePuy ASR Hips Fail At 6 Years

The more attention that is paid to the DePuy metal on metal replacement hips, the more it seems that the problem is bigger than anyone thinks.  Initially, the projected rates of failure of the DePuy ASR was in the realm of about 12-13%.  (DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit).  In fact, at one point DePuy claimed on [...]

May 13th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on British Study Finds 49% of DePuy ASR Hips Fail At 6 Years

Government Accountability Office Criticizes FDA Fastrack Process

"The FDA is falling short in how it handles recalls of risky medical devices, a new report from the Government Accountability Office concluded, adding to the ever-mounting criticisms of the agency's fast-track, 510(k) approval process." The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the [...]

April 22nd, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Government Accountability Office Criticizes FDA Fastrack Process

International Bribery, Oil, Drugs…and Artificial Hips??

Johnson and Johnson has admitted that it bribed European doctors and paid kickbacks in Iraq to win contracts to sell drugs and artificial joints. The late Warren Zevon sang “Send lawyers, guns, and money, the sh*t has hit the fan”.  Is that what they are thinking these days at Johnson & Johnson? J & J [...]

April 18th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on International Bribery, Oil, Drugs…and Artificial Hips??

Is Your Doctor Also Working for a Drug Company?

How independent is your doctor when making a prescription choice for you? On March 31, 2011 Merck revealed it paid $20.4 million to over 2088 physicians ($10,600 on average) in 2010 for speaking on its behalf.  These figures do not include what Schering Plough, acquired by Merck in 2009, paid to doctors.  This is  the [...]

April 7th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Is Your Doctor Also Working for a Drug Company?

78% of Recalled Medical Devices were Approved by the FDA’s Fasttrack Process

An article has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine attacking the FDA's fast track approval processes that include the 510(k) application for medical devices. "Most medical devices recalled for life-threatening or very serious hazards were originally cleared for market using the less stringent 510(k) process or were considered so low risk that they [...]

February 16th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on 78% of Recalled Medical Devices were Approved by the FDA’s Fasttrack Process

Celebrities and Athletes : PR Ambassadors

American companies with public relations issues have historically turned to celebrities and athletes for advertising help to improve their image or promote their product.  We all remember celebrity endorsements to oppose negative press for asbestos manufacturer Johns Manville and American Express. More recently, pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck turned to Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner to advertise [...]

February 3rd, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement, Drug and Medical Device Litigation|Comments Off on Celebrities and Athletes : PR Ambassadors

A Loophole Allowed the DePuy Hip to be FDA Approved Without Testing

A enlightening article in the New York Times discusses this "Implant Loophole" and how DePuy (owned by Johnson & Johnson) skirted the clinical testing requirement in order to get this product on the market as soon as possible. There is a significant controversy about the recalled DePuy ASR XL replacement hip.  Studies of people that [...]

February 2nd, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on A Loophole Allowed the DePuy Hip to be FDA Approved Without Testing

Johnson and Johnson Earnings Down Amid DePuy Charge

In recent financial reports Johnson & Johnson, owner of DePuy Orthopaedics, has set aside almost $1 billion to prepare for litigation and settlements related to injured plaintiffs who have used the DePuy hip replacement apparatus.  The litigation nationally is just commencing with the formation of an MDL (multi-district litigation).  It is has been active in [...]

February 1st, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on Johnson and Johnson Earnings Down Amid DePuy Charge

The FDA Identifies DePuy Hip Replacement Model Numbers

On October 13, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report detailing the extent of DePuy's recall of its two metal-on-metal hip replacements, the ASL XL Acetabular System and the ASL Hip Resurfacing System.  (To see model numbers click here to go to the FDA Enforcement Report).  The report divides the recalled implants [...]

January 14th, 2011|DePuy Hip Replacement|Comments Off on The FDA Identifies DePuy Hip Replacement Model Numbers