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DallasNews.com 

 

US Drug Watchdog Urges Recipients of DePuy Pinnacle All-Metal Hip Implants to Seek Second Opinion Regarding Condition of Implant Device

 

 
 

Blood test measuring chromium and cobalt levels also suggested to detect metallosis.

 

 
 

 
 

 

WASHINGTONJune 3, 2014
 
The US Drug Watchdog says, "We are now urging recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant to call at us 866-714-646 so we can explain why we think it is a very smart idea to get a second opinion from a orthopedic surgeon who was not involved in the initial implant. At the same time we would like to provide recipients of a DePuy Pinnacle, or any other type of all metal hip implant, the name and code number for a specific blood test that has been designed to measure cobalt and chromium levels in an all-metal hip implant recipient's blood, because we think this is the most efficient and cost-effective way to determine a premature failure, and a condition called metallosis." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

 

 

The US Drug Watchdog says, "According to court records, there are at least 140,000 DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant recipients in the United States, there is national litigation that has begun over the issue of premature failures with this specific hip implant device, and we are urging recipients to get a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon, who was not involved with the original hip implant surgery. One of the biggest problems we have is the original orthopedic surgeon will either not return the phone calls of hip implant recipients about their all metal hip implant, or they will be dismissive about the recipient's complaints about severe pain.

"In one recent incidence an orthopedic surgeon told an all-metal hip implant recipient who called us that the cobalt level of 1.3% in their blood stream was completely normal. This is why we are offering any recipient of an all metal hip implant the name and code number for a blood test that has been specifically designed to detect elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in a person's blood stream, and we are offering to have the results examined free of charge by an expert."

The US Drug Watchdog does not want to leave one DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant recipient behind holding the bag, stuck with an expensive hip replacement surgery, or other medical complications without doing everything possible to get the word out about this major issue. For more information, recipients of all metal hip implants can call the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Updates on litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants manufacturers that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all- metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com  

For attribution purposes please refer to the January 2013 notification by the US Food and Drug Administration about all-metal hip implants:http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241766.htm

 

 Miami Herald

Don't Get Left Holding The Bag - US Drug Watchdog Believes MRI a Necessity For All-Metal Hip Implant Recipients
May 06, 2014
The US Drug Watchdog is expressing deep concern for recipients of an all-metal hip implant, and premature failures that could cause additional medical issues such as matallosis. The US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients of any type of all-metal hip implant to call them at 866-714-6466 so they can explain everything they know about an MRI, or other testing, for a premature failure for a individual with a cobalt and chromium hip implant device. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

So why is the US Drug Watchdog urging recipients of an all-metal hip implant to get a MRI?

Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, demonstrates that MRI can be used to identify implants that are going to fail before people become symptomatic.www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm

Updates on litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants manufacturers that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com


 
US Drug Watchdog Stresses the Importance of Regular Blood Tests for Recipients of All-Metal Hip Implants to Detect Any Traces of Metal
 
April 29, 2014
 
Additional testing, such as an MRI, is also encouraged to quickly discern any tissue inflammation related to premature implant failure

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Drug Watchdog fears most of the 500,000 US citizens who are recipients of an all metal hip implant will never get compensated should this specific type of hip implant prematurely fail, as many studies have now concluded will happen. The Watchdog is offering to help educate any recipient of an all metal hip implant as to what simple procedures are available, to determine if their all metal hip implant has failed, with one call to 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients of an all metal hip implant to get serious about determining if their all metal hip implant device has prematurely failed, because if the worst happens, the potential for compensation is not an open ended proposition.

If a recipient of an all metal hip implant is concerned about the possibility of a premature failure they are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 for a full explanation about a specific blood test that might detect a failure, or an MRI procedure that will detect a failure by tissue inflammation in the area of the all metal hip implant stem, or cup. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

According to the US Drug Watchdog, "Our big new worry is what elevated levels of cobalt, and or chromium are doing to these specific type of hip implant recipients. Further we cannot figure out how, or why the US FDA has not gotten much more aggressive about these types of hip implant devices, and recalls. According to court records there are 500,000 US citizens with an all metal hip implant. How is it possible that there is more information about the risks, or dangers associated with all metal hip implants coming out of the United Kingdom than the United States?" http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, "On January 27th 2013 ABC News did a very good story on the issues with all metal hip implants. Click on the tab that says,'Hip Implant Safety Concerns': http://abcnews.go.com/topics/lifestyle/health/hip-replacement.htm?mediatype=Image."

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufacturers that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us at866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com


 
 
Boston Globe 
US Drug Watchdog Escalates Initiative to Help Victims of Premature All-Metal Hip Implant Failure

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 -- The US Drug Watchdog is going to increase their national initiative focused on identifying recipients of all-metal hip implants because the group is not just worried about the costs associated with a all-metal hip implant replacement, they are also extremely worried about what elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium will do to a recipient long term.  For more information recipients of an all-metal hip implant can call the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://USDrugWatchdog.Com.

The US Drug Watchdog has dramatically increased their efforts to call attention to the issues related all-metal hip implant failures for potentially hundreds of thousands of US citizens, and the group intends to increase this effort even more. One of the biggest problems the group has encountered is the typical hip implant recipient they talk to, whose surgery occurred between 2000, and 2010 knows their device is an all-metal hip implant, they just don't know what type it is, or who made it. Further complicating the problem is when the recipient calls the orthopedic surgeon who did the surgery the doctor does not return the calls of the hip implant recipient, or the doctor's staff is uncooperative.http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, "We intend to radically change our efforts to identify more recipients of a metal on metal hip implant, because in our opinion only a fraction of recipients who have a failure, or symptoms of a premature failure have been identified to the courts, that are handling these various premature failure lawsuits. In addition to making suggestions about how to test for a premature failure, we will start including information related to deadlines, in which a recipient must be identified to the appropriate court, if they have any hope of being compensated by the medical device company that produced their potentially defective metal on metal hip implant." For more information recipients of a metal on metal hip implant are urged to contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com



 
Reuters 
 

US Drug Watchdog Recommends Blood Test to DePuy Pinnacle Metal Hip Implant Recipients to Determine Implant Failure

US Drug Watchdog aims to assist implant recipients in getting the maximum compensation for premature defects

April 22, 2014
 
he US Drug Watchdog is extremely concerned that at the end of the day most recipients of a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant will not be compensated for a premature failure of this specific type of all metal hip implant, because they did not get a very specific blood test that has been designed to measure for elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium ion's in a recipient's blood stream. The US Drug Watchdog does not want to leave one DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant recipient behind holding the bag, stuck with an expensive hip replacement surgery, or other medical complications without doing everything possible to get the word out about this major issue. For more information about the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, and a blood test that measures cobalt, and chromium levels in a recipient's blood please call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
 

he US Drug Watchdog says, "While we are extremely focused on helping recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant, we are just as eager to help all recipients of any type of all metal hip implant. The sad fact is in our humble opinion the US FDA has been no-where to be found on what we consider to be the metal on metal hip implant disaster in the United States, and we consider this an insult to the taxpayers, who support this federal agency. According to court records there are about 500,000 US citizens with a all metal hip implant, and the last time the US FDA updated their information on this mess is coming up on a year and a half ago. We believe the taxpayers, and the recipients of all metal hip implants deserve much better." http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metallosis has been diagnosed.
* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  
* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  
* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

For additional attribution purposes please refer to the January 2013 notification by the US Food and Drug Administration about all metal hip implants: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/
MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241766.htm


 
Miami Herald 
Most All-Metal Hip Implant Recipients Will Never Be Compensated for Premature Failure, According to US Drug Watchdog

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Drug Watchdog now fears the vast majority of all metal hip implant recipients who have had a premature failure of their artificial hip implant will never receive compensation because they did not take vital proactive steps like getting a blood test to measure cobalt, and chromium levels in their blood stream, or they did not get a MRI that could have detected a premature failure be detecting tissue inflammation around the stem, or cup of the device. For more information all metal hip implant recipients can call the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, "We can't over emphasize how incredibly vital it is for recipients of what are called metal on metal hip implants to get a blood test that is focused on cobalt, or chromium levels in a recipients blood stream. According to a December 27th 2011 New York Times article there are 500,000 US recipients of all metal hip implant, and some European health agencies are suggesting staggering rates of premature failures.

In the UK they are now mandating that recipients of an all-metal hip implant get an annual blood test to detect elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium. Our big worry is because a hip implant replacement, or what is called a revision surgery is such a ordeal many recipients would prefer not to know if their hip implant has failed, or not. This is why we are so adamant that all US recipients get a blood test that checks for elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium, and or a MRI for tissue damage. Without these tests we fear tens of thousands of US citizens will never be compensated for the premature failure of their all metal hip implant, and or the deadlines to get compensated will come, and go without the recipient ever being included in a settlement."

For more information recipients of a all metal hip implant are urged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

 * DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metalosis has been diagnosed.

 * Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

 * Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

 * Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

According to the BBC on February 28th 2012, "The government's health regulator has advised that patients who have undergone large head metal-on-metal hip replacements should be monitored annually for life.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17192520


 
Reuters 
 
 

US Drug Watchdog Strongly Recommends Specialized Blood Test or MRI to Determine Premature DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Failure

The US Drug Watchdog says, "There is now a new vital reason why we want to hear from recipients of a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant that has to do with the part about a medical doctor now has to have recommended a revision surgery, or a revision surgery has to have occurred, if the recipient is ever going to see a dime in compensation. As we would like to explain with one call to 866-714-6466 we need recipients of this type of hip implant to get tested for a premature failure of this device, or the time for compensation eligibility could come, and go." http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

April 2, 2014
 
The US Drug Watchdog is warning recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle, or any other type of all metal hip implant to not get complacent about their device, because there have been serious issues with some all metal hip implants. The Watchdog does not want one consumer stuck with enormous costs related to revision surgery, or postoperative therapy. The group is now urging recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle, or any other type of all metal hip implant to call them at 866-714-6466 so they can provide them with the specific code number for a blood test that has been designed to detect elevated levels of cobalt, and chromium in a recipient's blood, as well as information about MRI's. httP://USDrugWatchdog.Com

According to the US Drug Watchdog, "Symptoms of a DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant failure include pain, problems walking, swelling of the hip, lack of flexibility, or elevated levels of cobalt, or chromium in the recipients blood."

Updates on litigation involving all metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

  • DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metalosis has been diagnosed.
  • Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012.
  • Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information.
  • Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "If you have a friend, or loved one who is a recipient of a all metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance. "http://USDrugWatchdog.com


Boston Globe 
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants, Including the DePuy Pinnacle and the Biomet M2A-M2 Magnum, are Implicated in Litigation Involving Premature Failure
 
Recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog for expert advice on the best strategy for compensation
 
March 31, 2014
 
The US Drug Watchdog is now expressing deep concern that most recipients of an all metal hip implant will never be compensated for a premature failure, because they do not want to go through a hip implant replacement surgery also known as a revision surgery. The group says, "If you are a recipient of an all metal hip implant such as the DePuy Pinnacle, or the Biomet M2a Magnum, your device has been problematic, and you have not yet been identified by a court please call us at 866-714-6466 to learn why all recipients should have a sense of urgency to see if their all metal hip implant has failed yet, or not."http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
 

The US Drug Watchdog says, "What has us most worried is court records indicate there are 140,000 US recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle, and thousands with the Biomet M2a Magnum, and unless the recipients of these types of hip implants get proactive, and get a blood test, or a MRI they could get stuck on the curb without compensation, or reimbursement to replace the device in the event it has prematurely failed. If you are a recipient of one of these types of all metal hip implants, and you are concerned about a premature failure, please call us at 866-714-6466 so we can explain what steps are needed to protect yourself." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

Information About Metal on Metal Hip Implants From The US FDA

How do I know if I have a metal-on-metal hip implant?

Patients are usually told about the type of implant they are receiving prior to the surgery. If you are uncertain about which type you have, you should contact the orthopedic surgeon who performed your procedure.

Are there other medical effects that can occur with my metal-on-metal hip implant?

Metal-on-metal hip implants have the same adverse effects as other types of hip implants, including infection, loosening, bone loss, device or bone fracture, and joint dislocation.

In addition, metal particles from a metal-on-metal implant may cause a reaction around the joint, leading to deterioration of the tissue around the joint, loosening of the implant and failure of the device. Metal ions from a metal-on-metal implant will enter the bloodstream. There are case reports in which patients with metal-on-metal hip implants may have developed an adverse reaction to these metal ions and experienced medical problems that could have been related to their implants.

These problems included:

  • General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
  • Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
  • Renal function impairment
  • Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain or feeling cold)

Updates on litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog: 

    • DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244  
    • Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012. 
    • Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  
    • Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

Reuters
 
 

US Drug Watchdog Earns Maximum Compensation for Metal Hip Implant Recipients After MRI-Detected Implant Failure

MRIs are encouraged to detect premature implant failure, which can place an unfair financial burden on patients

March 27, 2014
 
The US Drug Watchdog is on a mission to make certain none of the half a million US citizens who have a all metal hip implant that has prematurely failed get stuck with the tab for replacement surgery, or other associated medical costs, so they are now urging all recipients to get an MRI test to focus in on tissue inflammation in the area of the all metal hip implant stem, or cup. For more information recipients of an all metal hip implant are urged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
 

So why is the US Drug Watchdog so focused on recipients of a all metal hip implant getting a MRI to test for a premature failure? According to Science Daily on May 15th 2013, "Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, demonstrates that MRI can be used to identify implants that are going to fail before people become symptomatic." http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Updates on litigation involving all metal hip implants man

 

Manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog: 

  • DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244  
  • Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012. 
  • Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information.  
  • Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "If you have a friend, or loved one who is a recipient of a all metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

For more information about a MRI and tissue inflammation with a metal on metal hip implant we have attached a link to the May 15th 2013 Science Daily news article:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm

For attribution about the number of all metal hips in the US please refer to the December 27th 2011 article in the New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/ask-about-hip-replacement/

 

 

Miami Herald

Miami Herald
US Drug Watchdog Encourages MRI Scans for DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Failure Detection
The now discontinued all-metal hip implant can cause tissue inflammation on joint linings and subsequent hip failure; US Drug Watchdog's toll-free line provides recipient assistance


March 25, 2014

The US Drug Watchdog says, "A study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can help identify whether an implant will need to be replaced based on the amount of tissue damage. MRIs are used to get a closer, in-depth look of tissue in the body. MRIs are painless and provide a much more detailed look at soft body tissue. The inflammation on the joint linings caused by metal-on-metal hip implants can be seen in MRIs, which can tell doctors whether or not a hip implant is going to fail." For more information recipients of a metal on metal hip implant are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466. http://U
According to court records, metal-on-metal hip implants like the DePuy Pinnacle implant can cause small particles of cobalt and chromium, types of metal, to be released in the body. These metal particles cause inflammation in the tissue and can lead to hip implant failure. In the study, researchers were able to identify this inflammation in 68% of patients who experienced no symptoms at all and 75% in patients who reported pain.

A study related to all metal hip implants reported in Science Daily in May of 2013 indicated a MRI scan is important for those who have had all metal hip implants even if they are not experiencing pain or other problematic symptoms. The MRI detects tissue damage, which frequently occurs before symptoms present themselves. Most patients wait until pain is severe or until symptoms are uncomfortable to visit their doctors. They end up needing a revision and may have a more complicated revision as a result of the tissue damage that has already occurred.

A spokesperson from the US Drug Watchdog says, "It's very important for anyone who has received a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant to contact us immediately at 866-714-6466 for more information. Waiting until it's too late can mean a more painful hip revision if one is needed, and it could delay or even eliminate the amount of compensation hip implant patients are entitled to."

http://USDrugWatchdog.com
DePuy Pinnacle U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL Number 2244

For attribution purposes about Johnson & Johnson's decision to stop production of the DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant please refer to the May 2013 Bloomberg news article:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/j-j-will-stop-sales-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements.html
For attribution purposes please refer to the Science Daily news article from May 2013:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm



Miami Herald
Miami Herald


US Drug Watchdog Urges Recipients Of All-Metal Hip Implants To Receive an MRI To Determine If Implant Has Prematurely Failed


March 24, 2014


The US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients of an all metal hip implant to get a MRI examination to see if there are indication's this type of artificial hip has begun to fail, because the time to get compensated for a premature failure could come, and go for most recipients, and in the end the group fears most recipients will not get compensated. For more information recipients of an all metal hip implant are encouraged to contact to US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466.http://USDrugWatchdog.Com


The US Drug Watchdog says, "According to a March 2014 in the publication called Regulatory Focus, Metal-on-metal hip implants have been plagued with controversy around the globe. The devices, which claimed to be similar enough to predicate devices made with non-metal parts, have since been associated with high revision rates and the generation of metal (often chromium) shavings that have damaged the tissue of some patients. Most manufacturers have recalled the products from the market in the US, while influential researchers have called for the devices to be banned." For more information recipients of an all metal hip implant are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

According to the New York Times on December 27th 2011, "There are 500,000 US citizens who have an all metal hip implant. According to Science Daily on May 15th 2013, "Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation."

The US Drug Watchdog believes most recipients of an all metal hip implant are unaware of some of the problems associated with all metal hip implants, and they fear many recipients will not complain about a defective all metal hip implant because they do not want to go through a surgery designed to replace a defective hip implant. This type of surgery is also called revision surgery. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, "The MRI procedure focused on tissue damage may be a huge breakthrough for recipients, and we are strongly encouraging all US recipients of an all-metal hip implant to schedule an MRI test if for no other reason than the peace of mind in knowing whether or not the implant has failed." For more information metal on metal hip implant recipients are encouraged to call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466.

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244
Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012.
Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District ofCalifornia. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."


Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

For attribution purposes please refer to the March 2014 article about metal on metal hip implants from Regulatory Focus: https://www.raps.org/focus-online/news/news-article-view/article/4772/european-commission-report-calls-for-restricted-use-of-metal-on-metal-hip-impla.aspx

For more information about a MRI and tissue inflammation with a metal on metal hip implant we have attached a link to the May 15th 2013 Science Daily news article:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm

For attribution about the number of all metal hips in the US please refer to the December 27th 2011 article in the New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/ask-about-hip-replacement/
 



 
US Drug Watchdog Now Provides Litigation Updates For Recipients Of All Metal Hip Implant And Urges A MRI To Determine A Premature Failure
Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:30am EDT
 
 
 
The US Drug Watchdog is now trying to spread the word to all recipients of a metal on metal hip implant to not wait too long to get a MRI to see if their cobalt, and chromium hip implant has prematurely failed, because there could be statute of limitation issues that might preclude people from being compensated, if they have had a premature failure. For more information recipients of a all metal hip implant are encouraged to contact to US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-614-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com 


Because in some instances there could be statute of limitation compensation issues for recipients of all metal hip implant recipients the US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients to get a MRI procedure to see if their all metal hip implant has failed.  For more information please call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com


According to the New York Times of December 27th 2011, there are 500,000 US citizens who have a all metal hip implant. The US Drug Watchdog says, "500,000 US citizens is enough people to fill the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California five times over. 500,000 is the in city population of San Francisco, California, a half a million people is a gigantic number, and according to the New York Times this is the number of US citizens who have a all metal hip implant made of cobalt, and chromium. We need to get these people identified if their all metal hip implant has failed, and we are convinced a test involving a MRI is the way to do it to it."


According to to Science Daily on May 15th 2013, "Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery." The study, which appeared in the May 2013 edition of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, demonstrates that MRI can be used to identify all metal implants that are going to fail before people become symptomatic."http://USDrugWatchdog.Com


The US Drug Watchdog says, "The MRI procedure focused on tissue damage may be a huge breakthrough for recipients For more information metal on metal hip implant recipients are encouraged to call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466.


Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufactures that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog: 
DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244  


Stryker Rejuvenate Modular &ABG II-recalled June 2012. June 2014 for states that have a two year statute of limitation law.
Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information at 866-714-6466."  


Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


The US Drug Watchdog says, "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, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

 


 

 

US Drug Watchdog Says A Settlement Has Been Reached In Behalf Of DePuy's Recalled ASR Hip Implants And It Is Vital Recipients Not Yet Represented By Lawyers To Call Them

November 14, 2013

The US Drug Watchdog has been urging recipients of the recalled Depuy ASR all metal hip implant to call them about suggested law firms so they could be included in a possible settlement for three years. A settlement has just been announced, and it is absolutely vital all recipients of the DePuy ASR all metal hip implant call them at 866-714-6466, if they have not already been identified by the federal court handling this litigation.
The US Drug Watchdog says, "According to court records 30,000 US citizens are recipients of the DePuy ASR all metal hip implant. The glaring problem we see with the news story is only 7500 individuals have been identified by the court. That means there are 22,500 people who have not been identified, and will not be participating in the settlement. The Bloomberg news article about this settlement dated November 12th 2013 indicated settlement amounts would be in the range of $300,000 per recipient. If you are a recipient of a DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implant, and you are not yet represented by an attorney, and or you have not yet been identified by the federal court in Ohio handling this litigation please call us immediately. Our hope is to get all recipients of the recalled DePuy ASR all metal hip implant identified, and compensated. For more information please contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

According to Bloomberg Business week on November 12th 2013, "Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) will pay more than $4 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits over its recalled hip implants in the largest settlement of U.S. legal claims for a medical device.The accord will resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits in federal and state courts against J&J's DePuy unit. The company recalled 93,000 ASR hip implants worldwide in August 2010, saying 12 percent failed within five years. Internal J&J documents show 37 percent of ASR hips failed after 4.6 years. Last year, the failure rate in Australia climbed to 44 percent within seven years."

For attribution purposes please review the November 12th 2013 news article from business week:

 http://mobile.businessweek.com/news/2013-11-12/j-and-j-said-to-reach-4-billion-settlement-of-hip-implant-suits-1


Federal case number: DePuy ASR Case Number Ohio Southern Federal District Court Case Number MDL # 2197
 

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US Drug Watchdog Now Urges All DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Recipients to Call Them For the Names of the Best Law Firms if a Blood Test Reveals Elevated Metal Levels

 

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Because DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implants were surgically installed on about 140,000 US citizens, and because numerous studies are pointing to increased failure rates with all metal hip implants, we are now urging all recipients of a DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant to get a blood test that is focused on cobalt, and chromium levels in their blood." If a DePuy Pinnacle recipient's blood work reveals elevated levels of cobalt, or chromium levels in their blood recipients are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466, for the names, and contacts of law firms working on the DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant litigation. http://USDrugWatchdog.com

(PRWEB) January 18, 2013

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Because we do not want to see any DePuy Pinnacle hip implant recipient left on the curb with the tab for an expensive hip replacement surgery, we are now urging all recipients to get a blood test that is focused on elevated levels of cobalt, or chromium in their blood. We also urgently need family members, or loved ones of any hip senior citizen hip implant recipient, that was surgically installed between 2002, and 2011 to ask the family member, or friend, if it was a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, and request they get a blood test as well. We could easily have tens of thousands of US DePuy Pinnacle hip implant victims, living each day in pain, with a failed hip implant. Nothing is more important to us than trying to get all DePuy Pinnacle hip implant victims identified, to the best possible national caliber attorneys, and we will help with the process." For more information about the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, and or issues related to metal on metal hip implants please contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.com

The US Drug Watchdog is the premier medical device, and pharmaceutical watchdog, and advocate in the United States. The group says, "We want to make certain all metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant victims get to the actual trial law firms, or attorneys, that have the best record in achieving superior results for their clients, in these types of medical device lawsuits. Because compensation is vital, we think having the best, or most capable national caliber personal injury law firm is always the best choice." For more information please contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.com

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244

 

 

 

       
 
     
   


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