New Jersey Stryker LFit V40 Lawsuits Receive Consolidation

On August 29, 2016, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of Stryker LFit Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads, a prosthetic hip replacement device, manufactured before March 2011. This recall included over 40,000 defective hips. Stryker cited to “higher than expected” complaints about the failure of the femoral head to fully lock onto … Continued

Finally – Victims of Stryker’s Latest Recall Receiving Notice

Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker since 2013 alleging that its line of TMZF hip replacement stems are a danger when combined with metal femoral heads. However, patients who have received this potentially dangerous combination of products are just now being notified. Oddly enough, Stryker is not the one doing the notifying. Despite recalling approximately … Continued

Greatbatch Medical Recalls Hip-Replacement Instrument Which Has Potential To Infect Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 1 recall for a handheld instrument used during hip-replacement surgery. The device failed sterility tests. Greatbatch Medical Recalls The Affected Instrument Greatbatch Medical recalled the instrument, a Standard Offset Cup Impactor. The instrument enables doctors to implant cups and balls in the joint area after … Continued

Zimmer Biomet Recalls Polyethylene and Ceramic Implants in US and Canada

Following closely its recall of its reverse total shoulder implants, Zimmer Biomet recalls plastic and ceramic implant parts that are contaminated with endotoxins. Health Canada classifies the recalled products as posing a Type I Hazard. The FDA has adopted approved standards for the presence of acceptable levels of endotoxins in orthopedic devices. This recall was announced … Continued

Zimmer Biomet’s Class One Recall of the Reverse Shoulder Implant

In December 2016 Zimmer issued a Class one recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Implant System Humeral Tray. Zimmer received 510(K) clearance to market this device in 2008. According to the FDA’s Recall Database, approximately 300 lots of the shoulder implant are being recalled because of a higher than anticipated rate of fracture due to … Continued

Januvia, Byetta, Claims Headed for Appeals Court

The fate of diabetic patients who suffered pancreatic or thyroid cancer after ingesting incretin-based therapy drugs is now in the hands of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after the claims were dismissed by the California federal court judge who oversaw the national coordinated litigation. In September of 2016, the plaintiffs whose individual lawsuits were … Continued

Dual Tracks Taken by FDA in Approving Products by ‘Big Pharma’

Prescription drugs exist to boost the health of patients by decreasing their pain, increasing their stamina, staving off infections and treating their symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the responsibility to govern the process by which pharmaceutical companies introduce new products and seek approval. Two methods generally are followed. The first – … Continued

Doctors to Patients: “Take A Hike”

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial – an historic occasion that will culminate Aug. 25. On that date in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law an act creating a new bureau within the Department of the Interior that would bear responsibility for protecting the then-35 parks in existence. Today, more than 400 … Continued

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