Are all DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implants Defective?

Recently, we have been asked if ALL DePuy hip implants are defective. Currently, there is no real answer because it is simply too soon to interperet the data on these defective DePuy hip implants. What is known is that the recall affects the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements, as well as the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which is used in a newer kind of procedure involving bone conservation. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System has not yet been approved in the United States, but according to Johnson & Johnson, some patients may have gotten these implants through a clinical trial when the company was seeking FDA … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall: Is a New Hip Worth the Risk?

With the recent news about the DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement recalls, many people are asking, "Is a hip replacement worth the risk?" Each year there are nearly ¼ of a million hip replacement surgeries performed. Many hospitals and surgeons boast of how simple, safe, and effective hip replacement surgeries are. Afterall, a hip replacement surgery only takes about 1-3 hours and, many times, patients are up and about and returning to work as early as one week after surgery. However, the decision to have a hip replacement should be one that is made only as a last resort. When is it Time for a Hip Replacement? Prior to a hip … [Read more...]

DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Recalled Due to Metal on Metal Complications

The recent DePuy Orthapaedics Hip Implant recall should not come as any surprise to most people. Within the last several years, DePuy hip implants, employing a metal on metal function, were used in about 90,000 hip replacements performed in the United States. click on the image to enlarge: DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Complications DePuy hip implants mimic our traditional bone structure by creating a ball and socket joint out of metal; specifically, chromium and cobalt. DePuy Orthopaedics hip implant manufacturers believed the elements would be stronger and last longer than conventional hip implant materials. The problems with … [Read more...]

Defective DePuy Hip Implants: Signs and Symptoms

DePuy Orthopaedics has recently recalled it's defective ASR Hip Implant System, however, not every DePuy hip implant has failed. If you are a recipient of the DePuy hip replacement, you should look for any of the following signs and symptoms: Hip Pain (with or without activity) - All patients who have had hip replacement surgery will experience some pain at first. However, the symptoms are supposed to improve and, eventually, go away. If your symptoms have gone away and have now returned, or never did go away at all, it may be a sign of a defective hip implant. Hip Swelling - Swelling is normal in the immediate post operative period … [Read more...]

Defective Product Recall: Over Two Million Nissans

Nissan has pro-actively recalled more than two million cars and trucks worldwide for what they have described as an "ignition problem." The Japanese automobile manufacturer explains that an ignition part, called a relay, could potentially malfunction which would cause a vehicle to stall. The issue can be fixed in less than an hour by simply reprogramming the vehicle. Defective Products: Nissans being recalled include any 2003 through 2006 model of the Nissan Titan, Armada, Frontier, Xterra, and infiniti QX56. Smaller models liked the March, Micra, Cube, and Note are also included. Most of the recalls are happening in Japan, with 825,000 … [Read more...]

Defective Product Sales Cost GlaxoSmithKline $750 Million

An article published by the New York Times speaks of the $750 million settlement the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay to end a number of civil and criminal complaints regarding knowingly defective medicines they put on store shelves for years. Such defective products include contaminated diaper cream, and an inaffective antidepressant. Twenty other medicines were sold with "questionable safety," including the diabetes drug Avandia, the heart drug Corteg, and the acid reflux drug Tagamet. The article goes on to say: "[New lawsuits] have asserted that drug makers misled patients and defrauded federal and state … [Read more...]

New Legislation Will Finally Hold Foreign Manufacturers Accountable

There are currently no laws in place protecting the rights of consumers agaisnt foreign manufacturers. Foreign companies are free to manufacture defective and dangerous products, sell them in America, and suffer no consequences for their actions. But the House Energy and Commerce Committee has recently approved legislation that will finally allow the U.S. to hold foreign manufacturers accountable. The legislation, called the Foreign Manufacturers Accountability Act, will require that foreign companies have "agents" in at least one state in the U.S. in which the company does business that will accept service of process for civil or regulatory … [Read more...]

Products Liability at McDonald’s

We've all heard about Liebeck v. McDonald's, more commonly known as the "McDonald's Coffee Case" of 1994. It was a products liability case that became, as ABC News called it, the "poster child of excessive lawsuits." It's easy, without knowing the facts of the case, to scoff at someone who would sue for being burnt by hot coffee. Coffee is coffee, it's supposed to be hot! But, is it supposed to be hot enough to cause third degree burns? Stella Liebeck was 79 when she was in the passenger seat of her Ford Probe, as her grandson drove her through the drive thru of a Mcdonald's Fast Food Restaurant in New Mexico. He pulled the car over so … [Read more...]

CT Scans Causing Radiation Overdoses

This past Sunday, The New York Times published a story on CT Scans and the damage they may be causing to patients. It seems the scanners are emitting dangerous and harmful levels of radiation when patients are getting CT brain perfusion scans, a scan often used to test for strokes. This particular test is exposing patients to radiation overdoses at levels that can cause burns, scabs, significant hair loss, cancer, or even brain damage. Last summer, after a large number of radiation overdoses began emerging, the FDA set off an investigation into why patients were being bombarded with excess radiation. They have yet to publish … [Read more...]

Defective Baby Recliner Recalled By CPSC

On Monday, July 26, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, PA, recalled 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners. The recall comes after reports surfaced of infants being found hanging over the side of the defective recliner, still harnessed in. The device poses entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards.The CPSC is currently investigating the report of a 4 month old baby girl in Michigan who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. She was found hanging over the side of the recliner, even though she was harnessed in, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper. If you are … [Read more...]