The mission of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) is to promote accountability, quality, safety, and responsibility in patient care. As the voice of patients, their goals are to eliminate medical errors and harm and to save more lives.
Hip and Knee Replacement
More and more people are getting hip and knee replacements to feel better, play longer. And if the hip or knee implant fails, it likely will require revision surgery, which is both painful and costly. Implants don’t come with a warranty. Consumers Union is calling on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to begin offering 20-year warranties for their products and take responsibility for the associated costs if they fail, break or are defective.
Consumers Union Documents
- Presentations from the Consumers Union/Washington Advocates for Patient Safety Meeting
Washingtonians: Become Safe & Savvy Health Care Consumers! Joint Presentation by: Consumers Union – Safe Patient Project Washington Advocates for Patient Safety September 30, 2013 CU Safe Patient Project and hip and knee warranty campaign overview-Lisa McGiffert, Suzanne Henry CU storytelling and social media-Daniela Nunez WA advocates for patient safety overview- Yanling Yu Transparency and Accountability Continue Reading
- Answers to Your Questions about Warranties for Hip and Knee Replacements Source: Consumers Union (Monday September 9, 2013)
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project is urging major manufacturers of hip and knee
devices to warranty their products so consumers have clear actions to take if their
implants fail. A warranty also will encourage manufacturers to be upfront with
consumers about the life-expectancy of artificial hips and knees, and make sure these
devices are safe and effective before they go on the market.
- White Paper: Warranties for Hip and Knee Implants Source: Consumers Union (Monday September 9, 2013)
When a hip replacement fails and must be replaced, manufacturers should bear their fair share of the cost. Consumers Union calls on the manufacturers of knee and hip implants sold in the United States to back their products with a 20-year warranty.
- A Summary of Knee Implant Recalls Source: FDA (Monday September 9, 2013)
Consumers Union analyzed 10 years of knee recall data.
- A Summary of Hip Implant Recalls Source: FDA (Monday September 9, 2013)
Warranties are also important because some hip implants do fail. We gathered recall information from the last 10 years for the top makers of hip implants to demonstrate the various reasons for recalls related to hip implants. These six companies recalled a total of 578 hip implants or implant components
Consumers Union News Releases
- 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.
- Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6th
CONSUMERS UNION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Contact: Michael McCauley, email@example.com or 415-902-9537 (cell) or Ross Moonie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-690-5713 or Joe Duraes, email@example.com or 914-293-0100 Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6 Conference To Focus on Tackling The 3rd Leading Cause of Death Continue Reading
- Consumers Union calls on medical device makers to provide warranties for hip & knee implants
Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, is calling on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to provide warranties that would entitle patients to have defective devices replaced at no cost.
- Consumers Union Urges FDA To Require Safety Testing of Metal on Metal Hips and Other High Risk Implants
Consumers Union urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today to adopt a proposed rule requiring metal hip implants to be reviewed through the agency’s premarket approval (PMA) process to prove that the devices are safe and effective.
- FDA Proposes Unique Device Identification Regulations for Medical Device
New system could help consumers of implantable life-sustaining devices access recall and other safety information about their specific device with a unique identifier system.
- Consumers Union’s “Ending Medical Harm” Conference Brings Awareness and Action
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project held an incredible conference on November 6, 2013 at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in NYC that gathered experts, journalists and activists to address the pressing public health threat of medical harm. Our conference, “Ending Medical Harm: Tackling the 3rd leading cause of death in the US,” had approximately 150 Continue Reading
- Warranties Matter: Real People, Real Stories of People With Hip & Knee Implants
As part of our campaign demanding warranties for artificial hip and knee implants, we’ve collected nearly 3,000 stories from people with implants to better understand their issues. Many of them told us they were satisfied with their implant – it improved their mobility and eliminated joint pain. However, a significant number of people told us they Continue Reading
- Endangered Patients: WA Consumer Forum Explores Ending Medical Harm
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) teamed up to host a patient safety forum at the Seattle Public Library to explore ideas for ending patient harm and what consumers can do to protect themselves from medical errors, hospital infections and failed hip and knee implants. About thirty-five people heard Continue Reading
- Consumers demand warranties for hip and knee implants
Catch up on the progress of our campaign to get hip and knee implant warranties.
- Consumers Union launches campaign to get hip and knee implant warranties
Today, we launched a campaign calling on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to provide warranties that would entitle patients to have defective devices replaced at no cost. A warranty would equip patients with a better understanding of how long an implant is expected to last and clear actions to take if their implant fails. Continue Reading
- How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital Source: KUOW (Thursday December 5, 2013)
Seattle jazz musician Eddie Creed dies at a VA hospital after receiving a lethal morphine overdose from a recalled medical device.
- Defective Machinery: Why do so few medical implants come with warranties? Source: Reporting on Health (Monday December 2, 2013)
Bill Heisel of Reporting on Health highlights CU’s campaign for hip and knee warranties. Only one device company (Biomet) offers a warranty for one of its partial knee products, but it doesn’t cover labor costs of replacing the knee.
- Rare Cancer Treatments, Cleared by F.D.A. but Not Subject to Scrutiny Source: New York Times (Tuesday December 3, 2013)
The FDA has approved the sale of a medical device machine that uses intense heat as a cancer treatment, without requiring that the device be studied for its effectiveness.
- J&J Unveils Hip Accord That May Exceed $4 Billion Source: Bloomberg (Tuesday November 19, 2013)
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.
- UK Moves to Ban Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants in NHS Hospitals Source: Drug Watch (Wednesday October 30, 2013)
The publicly funded National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hips.
Research and Reports
- Patient Safety America Newsletter (April 2013) Source: Patient Safety America (Sunday March 31, 2013)
Summary by John James: “Changes are long overdue in American healthcare as pointed out by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in their new book “The US health Disadvantage Relative to Other High-income Countries.” My first newsletter article attempts to summarize this report. In the second article I discuss the risks associated with sleeping pills. The third article considers legislation that often has collateral damage. The fourth involves one doctor’s view of how he was led into care that was not patient centered. My next two articles deal with mental health: 1) As we age, we all fear the loss of mental capabilities, but a new study has linked mid-life fitness with a reduction in the risks of dementia. 2) Young people often do not have access to mental health facilities as pointed out by experts writing in the JAMA. The next articles deal with unintended death from pharmaceuticals and with loss of confidence in drug companies. The newsletter concludes with a short piece on the vanishingly small value of robotic surgery for those who might need a hysterectomy.”
- Patient Safety America Newsletter (March 2013) Source: Patient Safety America (Monday March 4, 2013)
John James, Ph.D., Patient Safety America: “This month I’ve tried to put some important things in perspective for you. Ben Goldacre’s book called “Bad Pharma,” which I reviewed, is a worth-while read. Gun violence is compared with “medical violence” as far as they affect our children’s lives. The cheap, effective medical care received in Cuba is summarized as a lesson for us, and then I pound on the dangers of drugs and the unstoppable overpricing of medical care in our country. Finally, you’ll learn what post-hospital syndrome is and how to manage it to remain out of the hospital.”
- FDA Safety Communication: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Source: FDA (Thursday January 17, 2013)
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication on metal-on-metal hip implants which includes recommendations on imaging a patient with a metal-on-metal hip implant.
- NEJM Perspective: The 510(k) Ancestry of a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Source: New England Journal of Medicine (Thursday January 10, 2013)
Using FDA documents obtained from the agency’s database and Freedom of Information Office, authors traced the ancestry of the ASR XL back more than five decades, through a total of 95 different devices (including femoral stems), including 15 different femoral heads and sleeves and 52 different acetabular components (see figure, and the interactive graphic, available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org).
- AARP's drug savings tool: Helping you get the most value for your healthcare dollar Source: Consumer Reports (Saturday December 1, 2012)
Have you ever wondered if the medication you’re taking is really the best one for your condition? Is there a less expensive, but equally effective medication you can use instead? Or is there a comparable drug with fewer side effects? AARP’s Drug Savings Tool, powered by CR Best Buy Drugs, can help you get the most value for your prescription drugs and learn more about the medications you take.