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hip and knee warranties

Virginia Mason to offer warranties on hip, knee replacements

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.”

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Virginia Mason to offer warranties on hip, knee replacements

“It’s unacceptable that we make money when we have more complications,” said Virginia Mason’s CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan.

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National hip implant trial begins in Dallas

Plaintiffs claim the DePuy Pinnacle hip was not properly tested before being marketed to orthopedic surgeons. Consumers Union activist, Joleen Chambers (FIDA) is interviewed.

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Consumers Union sends petition to FTC on hip and knee replacement warranties

More than 12,000 people urge FTC to consider importance of warranties as it evaluates Zimmer-Biomet merger.

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Consumers Union Urges FTC to Consider Importance of Hip and Knee Replacement Warranties

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.

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Activists Take Fight to Obtain Hip, Knee Product Warranties to AAOS. Will They Succeed?

Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks said that unless surgeons push the issue, device makers wouldn’t move to provide such warranties.

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The Device Makers’ Shortcut

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.

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On the road with the Safe Patient Project

Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.

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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.

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Docs for Hip and Knee Warranties?

We’ve started asking orthopedic surgeons who implant hip and knee devices what they think about our warranty idea. Next month, we’re going to New Orleans to talk with surgeons attending an annual orthopedic surgeons meeting.

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