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Arguments Heard in Proposed Biomet Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant MDL

Arguments are being heard in a proposed Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant multidistrict litigation (MDL). NewsInferno recently wrote that a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal courtroom claimed the Biomet M2a-Magnum metal-on-metal hip system is both defective and has a high early failure rate; these issues led to serious and debilitating injuries from, yet another, patient implanted with these devices.

The question remains: Will the Biomet M2a-Magnum hip implant device lawsuits will be consolidated in one court? An answer is expected this week following a hearing before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on September 20, 2012, said The Legal Examiner. To date, some 40 Biomet lawsuits have been filed in federal courts nationwide, with plaintiffs alleging that the device leads to metal poisoning—metallosis—and early loosening, which, in turn, necessitate complex and painful revision surgeries. (more…)

Seven Sue Stryker Over Recalled Rejuvenate Hip Implant

Seven are suing device maker, Stryker, over its recalled Rejuvenate hip implant. Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and AGB modular-neck hip stems and ceased global distribution of the products this July.

An additional seven plaintiffs have filed lawsuits in Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey, alleging that Stryker was negligent in selling them a defective hip replacement device, said NorthJersey.com. The seven additional plaintiffs are from Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. (more…)

Statutes of Limitations Could Jeopardize Some DePuy ASR Hip Implant Claims

A statute of limitation could put some DePuy ASR hip implant claims in jeopardy, a potential relief to beleaguered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics.

If states and judges intend on upholding a two-year statute of limitation on filed claims, some patients may find themselves out of time to file lawsuits against DePuy over its ASR hip implants, said Mass Device. The recall’s two-year anniversary just passed this month. (more…)

St. Jude Riata Lead Wire Patients Face Big Medical Bills

Faulty St. Jude Riata lead wire patients are facing large medical bills over the recalled heart device manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc.

According to The Wall Street Journal, although St. Jude Medical covers some of the costs of device replacement, and insurers and Medicare do cover some of the costs of replacement surgeries, patients are responsible for co-payments, travel expenses, and other costs, which could total in the thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, more and more, surgeons are removing the defective leads, even if they do work—a costly and dangerous procedure. (more…)

Study Raises New Concerns On St. Jude Durata Lead Wires

A new study is raising new concerns about St. Jude’s Durata lead wires. The devices shock irregular heart rhythms back to a normal rhythm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some of the design changes made to the new Durata heart devices did not stop potentially life threatening problems that were issues with earlier, recalled device versions. The study on which the Journal based its report was published online, yesterday, in Europace. (more…)

Johnson & Johnson Settles First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has settled its first DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits, the first of some 8,000 filed over it defective, recalled hip implants.

Following its 2010 recall, the device maker agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve the first three cases in the litigation, said Bloomberg.com, citing those familiar with the issue. The cases involve actions brought about in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)

FDA Says Riata Lead Patients Need X-Rays

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says that Riata Lead patents need to undergo X-ray or other imaging on the implanted heart defibrillators.

The FDA now recommends that patients with St. Jude Medical implantable heart defibrillators with Riata and Riata ST leads should receive imaging to check for abnormalities in the insulation surrounding the lead—a wire attached to the device that is inserted into the heart. (more…)

Metal-On-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Named in 1,800 Lawsuits

The metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant has been named in 1,800 lawsuits and more are expected.

The defective Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits concern problems with the version that consists of an all-metal design, which is allegedly associated with serious risks for permanent injuries, including tissue and organ damage. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants, the DePuy Pinnacle model is prone to shed small metal fragments through normal implant wear-and-tear, which causes an accumulation of the toxic metals cobalt and chromium in the patient’s body. If not resolved, dangerous complications, including the growth of small tumors, death to muscle and tissue, and organ damage, can occur. (more…)

FDA Limits Use of Wingspan Brain Stent

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is limiting use of Stryker Wingspan brain stent and is informing health care providers and patients that device indications for use and labeling have changed. The device is now limited to a narrow, select group of patients and conditions.

Changes to the Wingspan stent were based on an analysis of the original Humanitarian Device Exemptions (HDE) clinical study, data from studies performed after HDE approval was granted, and data from the “Stenting vs. Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Intracranial Stenosis” (SAMMPRIS) clinical trial. The Wingspan was approved as an HDE for patients diagnosed with treatment-resistant (refractory) intracranial atherosclerotic disease with 50 percent or more narrowing of the intracranial arteries. HDE devices are meant for the treatment or diagnosis of a disease or condition affecting less than 4,000 people in the United States annually. (more…)

Indiana Woman Claims Bayer Understated Mirena IUD Risks

The Mirena IUD is at the center of another lawsuit after an Indiana woman claimed that Bayer understated the device’s risks. National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, is representing the woman.

According to Parker Waichman LLP, Bayer Corporation and Berlex Laboratories, Inc. have a history of overstating the benefits of the Mirena IUD and understating the potential complications associated with this contraceptive device. The lawsuit, which alleges that the Indiana woman suffered permanent and physical injuries due to the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD), was filed on July 26, 2012, in New Jersey Superior Court, Morris County (Case No. 61910-12). (more…)

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