Metal on metal hip replacements have become the cause of much concern within the medical profession in recent months. When DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson issued a global recall of their ASR XL and ASR Hip Resurfacing System all metal hip devices in 2010, the safety of other similar products was called into question. Following the Johnson & Johnson recall, the company is now facing a $3bn compensation bill and hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide are facing dangerous health problems.
In 2005, DePuy made the ASR products available to consumers. Whilst the FDA had granted regulatory approval, DePuy had failed to carry out sufficient clinical trials and as a result high failure rates for the devices were reported by National Joint Registries around the world. Having recalled the product in Australia in 2009, DePuy issued a global recall in summer 2010 following reports from the UK NJR of failure rates between 12% and 13%. As a result of the malfunctioning hip replacements, thousands have been forced to have follow-up hip replacement surgeries within 5 years of the initial procedure.
Findings from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Association (MHRA) in 2008 found that “certain metal implants” could cause the following health issues:
• Impaired movement
• Metallosis (poisoning of the blood caused by metal ions entering the blood stream)
• Bone fracturing caused by metal fragments breaking off as the metal components collide
• Tissue damage caused by metallic debris
Large head all metal devices (those of 36mm or more) are of particular concern to the MHRA which has released a warning regarding such products. 50,000 people in the UK are thought to be affected. Similar health problems to those caused by the DePuy devices are thought to affect these large head devices.
Whereas patients with all metal implants were originally advised to have regular checkups for 5 years, they are now being told to schedule blood tests and MRI scans to check for metallosis and other damage.
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