Product News and Recalls

Metal-on-metal hip implants recalled – New Zealand

An Australian newspaper reports that metal-on-metal hip implants are being recalled in New Zealand, following international reports that the devices have a high early failure rate.

According to “The Australian,” a some citizens are pursuing legal action against the device’s manufacturer, seeking compensation for pain, suffering and financial loss.

Similar legal actions are taking place in other countries against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the United States.

The report says that DePuy, a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled another hip implant in 2010 amid reports of tiny metal fragments breaking off, leaking into the blood of patients and poisoning it.

The health care regulatory agency in the United Kingdom recently recommended that surgeons stop using hip implants with a both the ball and socket coated in metal, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a two-day hearing on the devices for June.

See the report here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/hip-joint-replacement-recalled-in-new-zealand/story-fn3dxity-1226326065635