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.
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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.