hip and knee warranties
More than 600,000 such surgeries were performed in 2012, compared with about 250,000 just 15 years ago.
Seattle’s Virginia Mason hospital “has decided to offer a warranty to privately insured patients on avoidable complications stemming from total joint replacements, making it one of the first hospitals in the nation to do so.”
“It’s unacceptable that we make money when we have more complications,” said Virginia Mason’s CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan.
Plaintiffs claim the DePuy Pinnacle hip was not properly tested before being marketed to orthopedic surgeons. Consumers Union activist, Joleen Chambers (FIDA) is interviewed.
More than 12,000 people urge FTC to consider importance of warranties as it evaluates Zimmer-Biomet merger.
As the FTC evaluates the proposed merger of manufacturers Zimmer and Biomet, the group sent a letter to regulators urging the preservation of existing warranties.
Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks said that unless surgeons push the issue, device makers wouldn’t move to provide such warranties.
The FDA has been criticized for approving medical devices through the 510K (fast track) approval requiring no clinical trials. But there’s another way-read on.
Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.
Consumers Union Takes Push for Hip and Knee Implant Warranties To Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in New Orleans
Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is taking its campaign to convince medical device companies to provide warranties for hip and knee implants directly to the doctors who perform hundreds of thousands of these operations each year. The campaign has launched an ad campaign and will be conducting outreach activities this week during the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in New Orleans.