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Zimmer Biomet wins Trilogy hip implant suit
A federal jury in Texas last week cleared Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) in a product liability lawsuit brought over its recalled Trilogy hip implant. Plaintiff Martha Hardy sued Zimmer Biomet in March 2016, 4 years after a total right hip arthroplasty using the company’s Trilogy acetabular shell and Trilogy acetabular spike but before the devices were pulled from the market in June 2012 ( a full recall went into effect in September of that year, after the FDA sent Zimmer Biomet a warning letter). “Unbeknownst to Plaintiff or her surgeon, the Plaintiff was being surgically implanted with “adulterated&...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Product Liability Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

Judge Halves $1 Billion Award In Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Case
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge almost halved the award in a December jury verdict that ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to plaintiffs in six lawsuits who said they were injured by DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas cited “constitutional considerations” that limit how much plaintiffs may recover in punitive damages but upheld the jury’s findings that the implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. Around $500 million of punitive damages would be cut from the...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $1 billion settlement
A federal jury in Dallas has ordered Johnson& Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics to pay more than $1 billion to a group of plaintiffs over artificial hip replacements. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saving Bad Hips with 3D Technology
CHICAGO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than 2.5 million Americans are living with an artificial hip. For those with a failed hip replacement, many are either too afraid to have a revision or don’t know what can be done and instead live with the pain and disability. But there is hope. Now, 3D technology is helping surgeons plan and perform the surgery better than ever before. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: March 18, 2016
Chicken of the Sea Tuna Recalled Two New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Guinea: WHO J&J Told to Pay $502 Million in Artificial Hip Lawsuit Decision (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: March 17, 2016
J&J Told to Pay $502 Million in Artificial Hip Lawsuit Decision Death Toll in Wisc. Blood Infection Outbreak Rises to 17 E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Pizza Chain Desserts Bumble Bee Tuna Recalled (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New surgical technique improves biological hip joint replacement
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Traditional hip replacement procedures reduce pain and restore mobility. However, for younger, more active patients, an artificial hip has a limited lifetime and usually requires restricted activity. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have tested a new biological technique that may provide better and longer-lasting joint function. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Strong dollar pushes Smith & Nephew to cut margins forecast
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) today said it expects its margins to shrink by 1.2% this year due to the strong dollar despite a forecast for top-line growth. Europe’s largest maker of artificial hips and knees posted 4th-quarter revenues of $1.26 billion, up 0.6% compared with Q4 2014. Smith & Nephew no longer reports quarterly profit or earnings numbers. Full-year profits were down -18.2% to $410 million, or 45.9¢ per share, on sales growth of 0.4% to $4.63 billion. Adjusted EPS were 85.1¢, well below the $1.61 consensus forecast on Wall Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $4.61 billio...
Source: Mass Device - February 4, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Smith & Nephew Source Type: news

Surgical funder ordered to turn over information on DePuy hip surgeries
(Reuters) — A federal judge yesterday ordered a surgical funding company to turn over information about payments it made to healthcare providers for surgeries performed on plaintiffs suing over artificial hips made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). DePuy Orthopaedics in August sought to compel Texas-based MedStar Funding to hand over the information, saying it was concerned that Medstar was trying to squeeze excessive profits from liens it had placed against personal-injury settlements for 11 hip plaintiffs. Yesterday U.S. District Judge David Katz in Toledo granted the motion and directed Meds...
Source: Mass Device - October 14, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Legal News Orthopedics DePuy Orthopedics Johnson & Johnson Medstar Source Type: news

Surgical funder ordered to turn over information on hip surgeries
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered a surgical funding company to turn over information about payments it made to healthcare providers for surgeries performed on plaintiffs suing over artificial hips made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hip Implant Maker Claims Surgical Funder Inflated Patients' BillsHip Implant Maker Claims Surgical Funder Inflated Patients' Bills
A unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes artificial hips has accused a surgical funding company of seeking excessive profits from financing surgery for patients suing over the devices. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - September 29, 2015 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Hip implant maker claims surgical funder inflated patients’ bills
(Reuters) - A unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes artificial hips has accused a surgical funding company of seeking excessive profits from financing surgery for patients suing over the devices. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Stryker Agrees To Settle Hip Implant Suits For $1.43B
After months of mediation with plaintiffs, Stryker Corporation recently agreed to settle more than 4,000 suits over defective all-metal artificial hip implants for at least $1.43 billion. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - November 5, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Review: cobalt toxicity and artificial metal hips
4.5 out of 5 stars Systemic toxicity related to metal hip prostheses. Bradberry SM et al. Clin Toxicol 2014;52:837-847. Abstract As TPR has reported before, cobalt poisoning can cause hypothyroidism, cardiomyopathy, and neurotoxicity. Neurological manifestations include: optic nerve damage and retinopathy with reduced visual acuity bilateral nerve deafness and tinnitus polyneuropathy (sensory and motor) cognitive impairment and memory loss A number of papers and case reports have described clinical cobalt toxicity related to metal-on-metal hip prostheses or revision of a failed ceramic prosthesis with...
Source: The Poison Review - September 25, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cardiomyopathy cobalt toxicity hip replacement hypothyroidism neurotoxicity prosthesis Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew Slashes Costs Of Orthopedic Offerings
European orthopedic device-maker Smith & Nephew will offer U.S. hospitals discounted prices on its artificial hips and joints as part of a new “no frills” strategy designed to build up its position in an increasingly competitive market. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - August 5, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Hip Implant Injury Lawsuits Center to Help Those Injured By Defective...
The Firm represents plaintiffs in hip replacement lawsuits that allege injury caused by these artificial hip devices.(PRWeb June 26, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11978309.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 27, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

2.5 million Americans living with an artificial hip, 4.7 million with an artificial knee
More than 7 million Americans are living with an artificial (prosthetic) knee (4.7 million) or hip (2.5 million), which may have significant future implications in terms of the need for ongoing patient care, according to new research presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Two related studies also found a growing incidence of adults younger than age 65 undergoing total knee replacement (TKR) and total hip replacement (THR) surgeries, and a potential underutilization of these procedures in some segments of the population. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bones / Orthopedics Source Type: news

2.5 million Americans living with artificial hip, 4.7 million with artificial knee
Two related studies have found a growing incidence of adults younger than age 65 undergoing total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries, and a potential under-utilization of these procedures in some segments of the population. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

2.5 million Americans living with an artificial hip, 4.7 million with an artificial knee
(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Two related studies presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found a growing incidence of adults younger than age 65 undergoing total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries, and a potential underutilization of these procedures in some segments of the population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

7 million Americans have artificial hips, knees
More than 600,000 knees and about 400,000 hips are replaced in the U.S. each year despite earlier recalls and concerns over previous models (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You don’t need Dr. House to suspect cobalt toxicity in a patient with an artificial hip
Dr. Gregory House 3 out of 5 stars Cobalt intoxication diagnosed with the help of Dr. House. Dahms K et al.  Lancet 2014 Feb 8;383:574. Full text This is a neat short case report that can fix in the mind the features of cobalt toxicity. A 55-year-old man came to clinic with a history of: severe heart failure (ejection fraction = 25%) decreased hearing acuity decreased visual acuity fever of unknown origin hypothyroidism abdominal discomfort lymphadenopathy All signs and symptoms seemed to have developed over the year before presentation. Further history revealed that the patient had undergone bilateral hip replaceme...
Source: The Poison Review - February 12, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical artificial hip prosthesis cobalt toxicity dr. gregory house Source Type: news

Professor John Paul - obituary
Engineer whose analysis of human gait led to improved artificial hips and knees     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Glasgow surgeon Professor John Paul hip replacement gait analysis Source Type: news

John Paul obituary
Bioengineer whose meticulous experimental work improved the reliability and strength of hip replacement jointsThe biomedical engineer John Paul, who has died aged 86, played a crucial role in the development of reliable total hip replacement implants, which have improved the lives of great numbers of people. John produced the first realistic estimate of the forces that act on the hip joint during function; this information was essential for the design of safe implants and of machines to test them in the laboratory.In the early 1960s John Charnley, an orthopaedic surgeon, introduced a metal and plastic artificial hip joint ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 8, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Joe Barbenel Tags: theguardian.com Obituaries Biology Engineering Medical research Human biology Scotland University of Strathclyde Medicine Science Source Type: news

DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims Mount, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes...
The Firm is representing numerous individuals in Pinnacle hip lawsuits, all of whom allegedly suffered serious complications due to a metal-on-metal version of the artificial hip.(PRWeb December 04, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/depuy-pinnacle-lawsuit/pinnacle-hip-lawsuit/prweb11392575.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - December 4, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

J&J To Pay Up To $4 Billion To Settle Hip Replacement Suits
Johnson & Johnson announced this week that it has agreed to pay billions of dollars to patients harmed in the recall of its metal ball-in-socket artificial hips.Under the proposed settlement, the company would pay at least $2.47 billion — and up to $4 billion — to resolvearound 8,000 U.S. lawsuits. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - November 23, 2013 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

J&J Unit to Pay USD 2.5 Billion in U.S. Hip Implant SettlementJ&J Unit to Pay USD 2.5 Billion in U.S. Hip Implant Settlement
A unit of Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an estimated $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from individuals allegedly injured by the company's artificial hip implants. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - November 20, 2013 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

J&J Agrees to Pay $2.5 Billion
Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay at least $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who alleged they were injured by the company's artificial hips. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - November 20, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Music to your ears? Try a headphones implant like Rich Lee
'Grinder' can listen to music player by wearing a loose wire coil around his neckDon't offer Rich Lee a pair of headphones to listen to music: he's already got a pair, even though you can't see them. They're implanted in his ears – a procedure carried out by a "body modification" expert.Now, by connecting his music player to a loose wire coil around his neck (which he can tuck under his shirt), Lee can listen to music without blocking out the outside world. The tiny magnets implanted invisibly in his outer ears pick up the signal and generate sound.But that's only the beginning. Lee, 34, who works as a sale...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Charles Arthur Tags: Music News guardian.co.uk Technology UK news Science Source Type: news

Consumer Information on: DePuy Ceramax Ceramic Total Hip System - P070026S004
The Ceramax Ceramic Hip System is a ceramic-on-ceramic artificial hip replacement system, surgically implanted to completely replace a hip joint. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - April 24, 2013 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Revealing The Secrets Of Bacterial Slime
Newcastle University scientists have revealed the mechanism that causes a slime to form, making bacteria hard to shift and resistant to antibiotics. When under threat, some bacteria can shield themselves in a slimy protective layer, known as a biofilm. It is made up of communities of bacteria held together to protect themselves from attack. Biofilms cause dental plaque and sinusitis; in healthcare, biofilms can lead to life threatening and difficult to treat infections, particularly on medical implants such as catheters, heart valves, artificial hips and even breast implants... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

J&J gambled on hip implant safety, lawyer alleges
Johnson & Johnson 'knew this hip was defective' but failed to warn patients, a plaintiff's attorney says. The company said it acted properly and 'put patients above money.'Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson played "Russian roulette" with patient safety by ignoring high failure rates and surgeons' complaints about its once-popular artificial hip, a Los Angeles jury was told during closing arguments at a high-stakes medical trial for the company. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suffering side-effects of health reform
Less than a year before the law comes into force, companies ranging from supermarkets to artificial hip makers are unhappy about costs and other snags (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 18, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

DePuy Hid Data About Failed Hip Implant, Documents Show
Johnson & Johnson executives were aware that an artificial hip had a critical design flaw years before it was recalled, but concealed that information, according to documents disclosed at a trial. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By BARRY MEIER Tags: Johnson & Johnson JNJ NYSE Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Suits and Litigation Implants DePuy Orthopaedics Hips Source Type: news

J&J negotiating possible $2 billion implant settlement: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson is negotiating a potential $2 billion settlement with patients who received its recalled artificial hip implant, Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing five people familiar with the matter. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Metal Hip Implants Face Tighter Controls
The FDA proposed that companies making metal-on-metal artificial hip joints produce medical evidence demonstrating their safety in order to stay on the market. Also, the agency said, any new metal-on-metal hip products will require human clinical evidence to gain approval for marketing. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

FDA Seeks Stricter Regulation of Metal Hip Implants
The FDA proposed that companies making metal-on-metal artificial hip joints produce medical evidence demonstrating their safety in order to stay on the market. Also, the agency said, any new metal-on-metal hip products will require human clinical evidence to gain approval for marketing. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

All-metal hip implants can damage soft tissue: FDA
(Reuters) - Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause soft-tissue damage and pain, which could lead to further surgery to replace the implant, the U.S. health regulator said, following several recalls of the artificial hip parts. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

F.D.A. to Tighten Regulation of All-Metal Hip Implants
The F.D.A. is proposing rules that could stop manufacturers from selling a type of artificial hip that is failing early in many patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By BARRY MEIER Tags: Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Johnson & Johnson JNJ NYSE Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Zimmer Holdings Inc ZMH NYSE Hips Source Type: news

The High Cost of Failing Artificial Hips
Experts estimate the hip failures may cost taxpayers, insurers, employers and others billions of dollars in coming years, contributing to the soaring cost of health care. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - January 4, 2012 Category: American Health Source Type: news