Depuy Hip Replacements

J&J baby powder contaminated with carcinogen

According to a story in the International Business Times, a batch of baby powder from a Johnson & Johnson plant in India was found to be contaminated with a carcinogen. That finding prompted the Food and Drug Administration to cancel Johnson & Johnson’s license to manufacture the powder at that plant.

In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been obliged to recall nearly 300 million packages of over-the-counter medications, including Motrin, children’s ...

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British regulators warn about hip implants

A story in The Telegraph details the advice that British health regulators are providing for U.K. residents who received a “metal-on-metal” hip implant, in light of recent findings that up to half of the devices fail within six years.

Friction between the metal surfacing on both the implants’ ball and cup causes tiny filings of cobalt and chromium to break off. According to the story, that toxic debris “can seep into the ...

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Johnson & Johnson shareholders unhappy with management

A story in the Washington Post says that several Johnson & Johnson shareholders spoke of their dissatisfaction with the company during their annual meeting recently. Their complaints focused on a long string of product recalls, ethical lapses and excessive executive pay.

In 2010, the company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit recalled more than 280 million packages of over-the-counter medications, which included Motrin, children’s Tylenol liquid and Benadryl.

Also in 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ...

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Tests performed before hip replacement

Before you get hip replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon generally performs several tests to help ensure a good outcome, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fortunately, the success rates for hip replacement surgery are generally high, although they can vary based on the type of implant used.

For example, a number of studies have shown that nearly half of metal-on-metal hip implants – featuring both a ball and a socket coated in a mix ...

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British politician angry over own DePuy hip

A high-profile British politician is speaking out about his own faulty hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, which has “left him in agony and needing two operations,” according to a BBC story.

The story says Andrew Rothaban, Member of Parliament and defense minister, intends to join with thousands of other people who have filed lawsuits over the all-metal hip implants, which were recalled in 2010. Studies show nearly ...

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Problems drag down J&J profits for quarter

Johnson & Johnson, the worlds’ largest maker of health care products, has announced that its first-quarter profits were down, but that its earnings nevertheless beat analysts’ estimates.

According to a story in The Star Ledger out of Newark, sales for the quarter rose to $17.5 billion, an increase of 8.5 percent from a year earlier, compared to the $17.46 billion that analysts were predicting.

The story notes that a long-running string of recalls ...

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