metal-on-metal hip implants
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.
Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.
Video presentation by Dr Steven Tower, MD: The Dangers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants (Health Watch USA Meeting – From Alaska over Adobe Connect, Feb. 19, 2014)
“U.S. medical device maker Biomet Inc will pay at least $56 million to settle a multi-district lawsuit relating to defective metal hip replacements, a court filing showed, ending a protracted legal tussle.”
Patients who who had an ASR hip implanted in the U.S. and had it removed by Aug. 31 are eligible for this settlement. Patients who experience problems with their all metal hip implants in the future may be entitled to compensation.
The publicly funded National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hips.
Johnson & Johnson Settlement Resolves Metal Hip Lawsuits But Weak Oversight Of Medical Device Industry Leaves Patients Vulnerable
Consumers Union Calls for Stricter Safety Testing & Warranties for Implants.
Regulatory Focus reports: “FDA said it’s embarking on a new project to “investigate the potential link between volumetric wear and corrosion of conical head/stem taper junctions in explanted total hip replacements and clinical outcomes.””
Bloomberg reports: “Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), the world’s biggest maker of health-care products, said it will stop selling metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-metal hip replacements as demand wanes for the devices and U.S. regulators seek new rules.”
NY Times: “The orthopedic unit of Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that it was phasing out production of all-metal replacement hips, a move reflecting an industrywide trend to abandon the once widely used implants because of high early failure rates.”