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.
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.
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.”
New data shows that thousands of Finns’ hip joints have been replaced by prosthetic implants that may cause unexpected harm.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.
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.
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.
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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.