J&J Withdraws Morcellators From Market Due to Cancer Risk

J&J Withdraws Morcellators From Market

Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") is asking doctors to return its laparoscopic power morcellators, controversial surgical devices that may inadvertently spread cancer in women being treated for uterine growths called fibroids. The company’s Ethicon unit in April suspended sales and distribution of the devices while their role in treating symptomatic fibroid disease is reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and the medical community. [Read more…]

New Lawsuits Filed in Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 16, 2014 (New York, NY) — Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics. These suits charge that the company manufactured and sold defective artificial hip implants known as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip implants. The patients hail from across the nation, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

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Stryker Hip Implant Recall Lawsuits Video

Stryker Hip Implant Recall Lawsuits Video

Lawsuits have now been brought by more than 2,000 patients injured by two Stryker hip implants: the Stryker Rejuvenate and the Stryker ABG-II. Both implants were recalled in July of 2012. The lawsuits allege that the recalled Stryker implants fail due to a defective design that causes corrosion and metallosis, sometimes requiring a second revision surgery to replace the defective device.

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DePuy Hip Recall Settlement Summary

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Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Recall Settlement Summarized

The ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing system hip are all-metal, also called metal-on-metal, artificial hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Close to 40,000 patients in the U.S. received a DePuy ASR hip implant from its introduction to the market in August 2005 through August 2010, when DePuy issued a recalled for the device. [Read more…]

Metal Hip Recall Litigation Update

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In January 2013, the FDA proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of all-metal hip implants before they could continue to sell these medical devices. This proposal attempted to close a loophole that has allowed manufacturers to sell medical devices without first testing them; heretofore, manufacturers merely had to prove that a similar device was already on the market.

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Nurse Charges Vaginal Mesh Manufacturer Put Profits Over Safety

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Bloomberg News reports that the first federal lawsuit involving faulty vaginal mesh products charges that C.R. Bard Inc. used plastic in its Avaulta vaginal inserts that carried a warning against permanent implantation in humans — but used that plastic in its inserts anyway. [Read more…]