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August 13, 2011

DePuy Hip Linked To Metal Poisoning

More and more claims concerning the troubled DePuy Hip continue to emerge. A recent article reveals that in additional to extreme pain from the faulty medical device, other symptoms related to metal poisoning occurred. According to one DePuy Hip patient - Tony Stauffer - discussed in the San Diego news, his hair started to fall out, he got skin rashes and his fingernails became brittle. These symptoms were linked to metal flakes coming loose from the joint with movement that caused metal poisoning. The metal poisoning then inflamed his hip joint and damaged his muscles.

If you have undergone hip replacement surgery and have a DePuy Hip, it is important to contact a New Mexico DePuy hip attorney to determine your next steps.

Stauffer is one of more than 94,000 DePuy Hip patients around the world who have received the implant. Lawsuits resulting from the defective medical device have been filed in New Mexico and around the country. Many blame the DePuy Hip problems both on the manufacturer and the FDA fast-tracking process that allows device manufacturers to rush products to the market without first ensuring their safety.

In fact, the FDA released a statement indicating its need for post market studies after receiving reports from patients that they "have developed symptoms or illnesses elsewhere in the body including the heart, nervous system and thyroid gland that may be due to the patient's reaction to metal ions released from the implant."

In fact, many patients have shown increased cobalt and chromium levels. Despite the recall that occurred in August 2010, the number of patients reporting injuries, pain and discomfort continue to rise. Doctors recommend immediate DePuy Hip revision surgeries in order to correct the problem.

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July 27, 2011

DePuy Hip Recall Makes Some Experts Question FDA Medical Device Review Process

A recently released medical device study concludes that the FDA should "abandon" its present system for approving U.S. medical devices such as the DePuy Hip because it fails to ensure patient safety.

Currently the FDA employs a streamlined approach to approve medical device applications such as those for the beleaguered DePuy knee and hip parts - a process that takes 10 months as opposed to several years.

However, this quick process is unreliable. As the result of a faulty or inadequate screening process, many patients with medical devices have found themselves harmed by medical devices, implanted with recalled items that require additional, painful and sometimes dangerous surgeries.

One patient who required revision surgery to fix a recalled DePuy Hip part states, "You put your faith in the doctor and the companies that make these products because they're the experts...It's just beyond me to think that things can get approved that don't really work" reports ABC News.

Unfortunately, faulty medical devices are placed in patients at an alarming rate. A study from the National Research Center for Women and families found that more than 437 million devices were recalled in 2010 due to fears that they might kill and permanently harm patients.

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April 12, 2011

Senate To Begin Investigation Of DePuy Hip Safety

This week the U.S Senate will begin its probe into medical device recalls and the connection between the massive DePuy Hip Replacement recall and the FDA's role in "protecting patient safety as part of the medical device approval process."

The DePuy Hip was recalled after numerous reports of metal shards breaking off the hip replacement and lodging themselves in patients' bodies. Although in many cases revision surgeries can correct the problem, many times permanent bone and tissue damage will occur.

If you have been fitted with a DePuy Hip, contact a knowledgeable DePuy ASR Hip System recall attorney. It is important to speak with an attorney to review your medical records and reports in order to determine the next best steps on your behalf.

Lawsuits have been filed in New Mexico and across the county accusing DePuy of manufacturing a defective product, failing to adequately warn doctors and patients of the potential for harm, and negligence.

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February 23, 2011

Medical Malpractice Reform Should Focus On Patient Safety

Medical Malpractice reform has been receiving much attention recently with the introduction of H.R. 5, which seeks to impose national tort reforms measures, including the imposition of caps on non-economic damages as well as potentially taking away the right to trial by jury in some medical malpractice cases.

As New Mexico medical malpractice lawyers, we believe such measures often fail to address the real issue - patients safety. Study after study show that patients suffer significant harm and costs in hospitals due to adverse reactions from dangerous drugs, infections, surgical errors and unnecessary procedures. Rather than limiting victims' access to justice, more focus must be placed on improving patient safety and ensuring that those responsible for causing harm be held accountable.

Recent examples include the DePuy Hip, now shown to leak dangerous chemicals into the bodies of recipients. Often, the only way to get companies to remove dangerous products from the marketplace and be compensated for the harm caused is through litigation. Capping our damages or limiting access to the court room will remove an important incentive to improving the safety of our health care.

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November 15, 2010

Depuy Hip Recall Cases Escalate

Every day more and more cases are reported of patients injured after being fitted with the Depuy hip - an artificial hip replacement. According to reports, metal shards may break off of the hip replacement and lodge themselves in patients' bodies after being fitted. Although sometimes the problem can be resolved with subsequent surgery - many times permanent bone and tissue damage occurs. As one patient described, "It [the hip replacement] had been rotting away and I had been rotting away around it."

As a result of the malfunction, more than 93,000 implants have been recalled.

Sadly, medical devices often are placed on the market - and in our bodies - either without full knowledge of the risks and danger of serious injury or death to patients, or sometimes in spite of this risk.

In the Depuy hip implant cases, many doctors as well as the manufacturer continue to exploit patients who placed their trust in these devices. In certain instances, Depuy is paying surgeons who perform the necessary "revision" surgery removing the faulty device to have patients sign over the implant to them - and feeling obliged to follow doctor's orders, patients do so. However, in doing so, a patient may lose the only evidence of the faulty medical device and reduce the chances of proving a product defect. If you are asked to sign anything - politely decline. Your health care insurer is obligated to pay, and you are entitled to the procedure without having to sign any documents.

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