metal-on-metal hip implants
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.”
J&J announced it will discontinue selling its metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-metal hips by the end of 2014. Consumers Union has voiced major patient safety concerns with metal-on-metal hip implants after hearing from many patients with metal-on-metal hips who faced problems and/or became disabled.
J&J Jury Urged to Award $5 Million for Failed Metal Hip
The high failure rate of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant seen among the patients at one Illinois hospital underscores the dangers posed by this and other similar hip implants.
NYT: “Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the company in the last three and a half years.”
Johnson & Johnson disclosed government probes into two of its troubled products today.
Associated Press reports: “Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29% more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.”
Commentary Sheds Light on FDA Approval Process for Implantable Body Parts