Posts Tagged ‘Hip Implants’

J&J On Possible Amount Of Settlement

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Several patients who have gone through severe complications from the failure of hip implants that was manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics opted to file lawsuits against the said company, news reports say. The possible sum that Johnson & Johnson might pay in settlements may rise up to $4 billion as compensation for the recalled all-metal hip replacement marketed by DePuy, according to the New York Times article. The said sum of money might be the biggest settlement from a medical device company for product liability claims. This news on the possible settlement of Johnson & Johnson has given hope to plaintiffs.

The ASR Hip Replacement System from DePuy Orthopedics were thought to be better than previous designs as it is made of metal. This means that it will be more durable and may lessen the wear and tear of the prosthesis. Yet, patients have experienced several problems related to this kind of prosthesis and the manufacturer was beset by complaints. The metal particles from the prosthesis have released metal ions that may build-up in the blood and lead to metal toxicity. Chromium and cobalt ions from the implant are still being studied for the possible adverse effects.

In 2010, DePuy recalled this type of implant as it was associated with an exceptionally high failure rate. About 93,000 hip implants were recalled. These problems connected to the failed hip implants might lead to a hip revision surgery, although the secondary surgery is more complicated and might not be as successful as the primary operation. Plaintiffs from different states may be included in this massive pay-out from Johnson & Johnson. Around $300,000 or more might be expected to be received by plaintiffs, according to an article from the Bloomberg Businessweek.

Eligible claimants will need to sign the agreement in order to receive the settlement from Johnson & Johnson. On the other hand, there might be a possible second round of settlements for those who might have a revision surgery. The payment for medical costs of the hip replacement procedure was also offered after DePuy started to recall their product. In short span of time, DePuy will be able to resolve more lawsuits through this settlement. Hip revision among women who have had the recalled hip implants may be more complicated and some have opted to find other means to alleviate their pain.

URL References:

nytimes.com/2013/11/13/business/johnson-and-johnson-said-to-agree-to-4-billion-settlement-over-hip-implants.html?_r=0

businessweek.com/news/2013-11-12/j-and-j-said-to-reach-4-billion-settlement-of-hip-implant-suits-1

MoM Patients Exposed To Adverse Local Tissue Reaction

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The main concern of patients and health care providers alike is the effects of the metal wear particles from metal hip implants, medical reports say, as news of hip implant failure keep on piling up. All-metal hip implants have been associated with several cases of severe osteolysis and implant failure among men and women, according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The lack of symptoms does not exclude the patient from experiencing complications and it is not a sign that the metal hip implant is working well. Several orthopedic experts believe that there might be some people who are having severe complications from their metal hip implant but are not yet aware of the danger.

 

A different set of risks are present for each type of hip implant but the risks of Metal-on-Metal hip implants are still unique. The metal particles released from the constant use of the implant may stay in the tissues surrounding the implant. Some patients have reported a hypersensitivity reaction to the metal ions that resulted to other health complications. These health complications are often systemic, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, spreading to the thyroid, nervous system and heart. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a close eye on these devices to monitor the prevalence of these adverse reactions.

 

The following adverse events were listed by the FDA as the possible hypersensitivity reactions to report:

– Cardiomyopathy – disease of the heart muscle.

– Changes in psychological status – anxiety, depression and other personality changes.

– General hypersensitivity reaction – skin rash all over the body.

– Thyroid dysfunction – signs of fatigue, weight, feeling cold or neck pain.

– Renal function impairment – developing problems in urination.

– Neurological changes – sensory changes such as auditory and visual impairments.

 

Patients who have developed symptoms of systemic problems need to report it to their orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. If patients wish to report their symptoms to a primary physician, they need to tell them about their all-metal hip implant. A prompt plan of treatment is needed. The problematic hip implant needs to be removed immediately before the problem spreads. A Biomet hip lawyer may be consulted by patients who are trying to file a case.

 

URL References:

orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00625

fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm335775.htm

aaos.org/about/papers/advistmt/1035.asp