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US Drug Watchdog Warns There Could 100,000s of Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implants Involving US Hip Implant Recipients and the DePuy ASR was Just the Starting Point – Yahoo! News.

US Drug Watchdog Warns There Could 100,000s of Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implants Involving US Hip Implant Recipients and the DePuy ASR was Just the Starting Point

Tue, Feb 21, 2012

The US Drug Watchdog is dramatically expanding their initiatives focused on identifying recipients of what are called metal-on-metal hip implants, that has failed, or are in the process of failing. While one specific type of metal-on-metal hip implant called the DePuy ASR has been recalled, the group expects there to be many more recalls of metal-on-metal hip implants, because of the high probability of failure. The 2010 DePuy Hip Replacement Recall was instituted when DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson. Johnson & Johnson recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system, on August 24, 2010. According to the New York Times on December 27th 2011, “The so-called metal-on-metal hips, in which a device’s ball and joint are made of metal, are failing at high rates within a few years instead of lasting 15 years or more, as artificial joints normally do. The wear of metal parts against each other is generating debris that is damaging tissue and, in some cases, crippling patients.” In order to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients, with a failed hip implant, get to the best possible attorneys, or legal experts, the US Drug Watchdog wants to hear from any metal-on metal hip implant recipient, if their hip implant has already failed, or if the hip implant recipient is suffering the symptoms of a metal-on metal hip implant failure. Symptoms include pain in the area of the hip implant, loss of flexibility, swelling in the area of the hip implant, or loss of mobility, on the part of the metal-on-metal hip implant recipient. Victims are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via the web site at http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

(PRWEB) February 21, 2012

The US Drug Watchdog is beginning a very aggressive initiative designed to identify perhaps 200,000+ US recipients, of what are called metal-on-metal hip implants, in order to insure victims get to the best possible attorneys, and to insure the failed metal-on-metal hip implant victim receive the best possible compensation. On August 24th 2010 a division of Johnson & Johnson recalled a product called the DePuy ASR hip implant device. However, the US Drug Watchdog fears that defective metal-on-metal hip implants are not just limited to the DePuy ASR, and they now have begun a national investigation involving all metal-on-metal hip implant devices, that were installed on recipients in the United States between 2005, and 2010. According to the New York Times, “Until a recent sharp decline, all-metal implants accounted for nearly one-third of the estimated 250,000 hip replacements performed each year in the United States. Some 500,000 patients have received an all-metal replacement hip, according to one estimate. A new study found that no new artificial hip or knee introduced during a recent five-year period – implants that included some of the all-metal hips – were more durable than older devices, and 30 percent were worse.” The US Drug Watchdog wants to hear from any US hip implant recipient, who received a metal, or metal hip implant device after 2003, and whose metal-on-metal hip implant device has either already failed, or the recipient is experiencing symptoms of a hip implant failure. For more information please contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via their web site at http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, “One of the biggest problems we have with respect to our failed medical device, or recalled drug initiative work, is the average US consumer never hears about a drug recall, or failures involving medical devices like metal-on-metal hip implants. If you have a friend, or loved one, who is a recipient of a metal-on metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, such as swelling, pain in the region of the hip, loss of flexibility, or loss of mobility, please have them call us at 866-714-6466.” http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

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M Thomas Martin
Americas Watchdog
866-714-6466
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