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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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DePuy Executive Questioned about Pinnacle Hip Implant Safety Studies in Bellwether Trial

On Monday, a DePuy executive was questioned about whether or not the company properly analyzed the dangers of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant. According to Reuters, Depuy worldwide vice president of clinical research Pamela Plouhar took the stand in the … Continue reading

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Newer Joint Replacement Systems May Offer No Benefit

According to a systematic review published online September 9th in the BMJ, there is no evidence to support the use of 5 newer joint replacement devices compared to analogous products that have been on the market longer. In fact, the … Continue reading

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DePuy Pinnacle Trial Proceeds, More DePuy Witnesses Testify

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The DePuy Pinnacle bellwether trial continues, as DePuy witnesses continue to testify. The trial, which began on September 2nd in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, is expected … Continue reading

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Attorney Says J&J Was Aware of Hip Implant Metal Poisoning Concern in 2001

In a lawsuit being tried in U.S. District Court in Dallas, Texas, an attorney said Johnson & Johnson knew in 2001 of concerns about metal poisoning with the DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip. Dr. Thomas Schmalzreid, a doctor who consulted with … Continue reading

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Bellwether Trial over J&J Pinnacle Hip Implant about to Begin

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit is facing its first trial of a lawsuit alleging that the metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused serious injuries. According to Bloomberg, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli alleged that the implant caused metal … Continue reading

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Metal Ion Levels Predict Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failure, Study Suggests

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that levels of metal ions in the blood were associated with failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants.

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The State of Oregon Wins a $4 Million Settlement Involving DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Devices

The Oregon Department of Justice just obtained a $4 million settlement over a lawsuit brought over Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. metal-on-metal hip implant device. The case involved allegations concerning the way in which DePuy marketed the medical device. The … Continue reading

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Family Alleges Mother’s Fatal Brain Cancer Associated with DePuy ASR All-Metal Hip Implant

Before her death, a woman from India brought a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant device. She alleged the metal-on-metal hip device led to her deadly and aggressive brain cancer. The woman’s family indicated … Continue reading

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Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant $56 Million Settlement Approved

In a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving two metal hip implant devices made by Biomet Inc., federal judge Robert L. Miller Jr. has approved a two-part settlement for at least $56 million. Biomet hip implant patients must have filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Stryker Settles 8 Lawsuits Alleging Recalled Metal Hip Implant Caused Injuries

Nearly 1,500 lawsuits have been filed across the country over the Stryker Rejuvenate, a recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement system. More than half of the cases have been filed into a multi-county litigation (MCL) in the Bergen County court under the … Continue reading

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