November 7, 2014 at 3:06 am

Stryker to Pay $1.43 Billion in Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Medical implant maker Stryker will pay at least $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who had to have surgery to remove problematic hip implants, under a deal announced Monday. The agreement, brokered by a New Jersey Superior Court judge, resolves state and federal lawsuits against the maker of orthopedics. It was announced Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stryker said the $1.43 billion figure represents the “low end of the range of probable loss to resolve these matters.”

The lawsuits stem from two hip implants that Stryker recalled due to corrosion and other problems in 2012. One year ago Johnson & Johnson paid $2.5 billion to settle 8,000 lawsuits from patients who had to have the company’s metal ball-and-socket hip implant removed or replaced. Plaintiffs in 39 states alleged Kalamazoo-based Stryker sold defective hips that corroded while in patients’ bodies and caused illness, including pain and swelling in the tissue around the implant.

Stryker Corp. expects to make most of the payments by the end of 2015.

August 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Zimmer Hip Lawsuit Count Grows

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Zimmer already paid close to $400 million in settlements to people injured by the Durom Cup used in hip replacements. In addition, it expects to pay more than $200 million more to settle pending lawsuits. After finalizing settlements and mediation, bellwether trials are expected to continue.  According to the lawsuits, Zimmer knowingly sold and marketed a defective product. There are also other counts of negligence against Zimmer.  If you have a Zimmer hip replacement please register  for updates on this recall.

July 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

New Stryker Hip Recall

Stryker has notified healthcare professionals and regulatory bodies of this voluntary recall. Patients who received a Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II modular-neck stem are encouraged to contact their surgeon. Patients uncertain if they have one of these products implanted should contact their surgeon or consult their medical records.

The global recall comes in response to monitoring of their safety and effectiveness that revealed concerns about patient safety. In 2012 alone, there have been at least 45 adverse events reported to the FDA in relation to the Rejuvenate modular-neck stem. The company states that the Stryker Hip Replacement  recall is motivated by the risks of “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, may casue  in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.”

April 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Hospitals Stop Using Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

New data shows  that thousands of Finns’ hip joints have been replaced by prosthetic implants that may cause unexpected harm.
Leading Hospitals  specialising in joint replacements  have provisionally stopped using artificial joints involving metal-on-metal contact. A decision on the future use is to be made in May.
Numerious  hospital had previously stopped using the ASR acetabular hip replacement  system made by the US manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics, which was found to release heavy metals into the patients’ bloodstream and tissues. Other implants involving  metal-on-metal contact also appear to have similar problems.

March 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Hip Patients urged to register with Hip Recall Registry

Patients who have underwent Hip Replacement Surgery of any type  are requested to voluntarily register  with the National Hip Recall Registry.  Free Registration will allow you to automatically receive updated  health, safety, and recall warnings concerning your hip implant regardless of the manufacture.  Registrants have the option  of  remaining completely anonymous  providing as much or as little information as that wish. Click to Register.

The benefit of this Hip Replacement Registry is that it is not associated with any Hip Implant Manufacture nor the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s American Joint Replacement Registry, nor any other medical or governmental agency but is an independent and voluntary nationwide registry for Hip replacement patients. 

You are also encouraged to register any serious adverse events  including  potenial and  actual  product errors and product quality problems assocated with the your hip implant directly to the FDA  via their Online Medwatch Program in addtion to registering  with this Hip Recall Registry.

December 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

How to determine if you have a recalled Depuy Hip Implant

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The Injury Board Blog network  has  posted instructions and recommendations  on how to determine if you have a recalledDepuy Hip. The full article can be found at here.

They suggest that one way of determing  whether you have the recalled DePuy Hip Implant is through a medical device ID card. This may be been provided to you in order to assist you in getting through X-ray security screenings. Many of these cards actually list the specific make and model of the hip implant that you were provided in your hip surgery. 

 InjuryBoard is a growing community of  attorneys, safety industry experts, and consumer advocates committed to making a difference by helping people avoid injury, and to helping those who are injured get the assistance they need to move on with their lives after an accident.

August 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Depuy Hip Recall Announcement

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Depuy Hip Recall may effect 93,000 Hip Implant Patients

DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson company, Announced  the recall of   93,000 hip replacement implants in August, due to a 12 to 13 percent failure rate associated with the devices. DePuy initiated the recall, stating, “More people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery, called a revision surgery.” 

“DePuy Orthopaedics is issuing a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. This recall means additional testing and monitoring may be necessary. These systems first became available in July 2003. If you had your hip surgery prior to July 2003, the hip you received is not subject to this recall.”

All Recipents of the Depuy ASR Hip Replacement are requested to register with the National Hip Recall Registry to recive further updates on the status of this recall and how it may effect you.