Bloomberg news just reported that Johnson & Johnson’s first trial concerning its “Pinnacle” hip replacements will begin today. There are a total of approximately 6,000 cases alleging that the Pinnacle hip replacements were defectively designed causing metal debris to be absorb into patient’s blood stream.
We are currently handling both these cases and other similar cases involving J&J’s “ASR” hip replacements. Please let us know if you have received either hip implant, as you may be unknowingly suffering from metal poisoning. If you or a loved one has received a hip replacement between the years of 2005 – 2013, I would strongly advise you to contact your doctor to determine the exact make and model of the implant. Let us know if you need help finding this out. All initial consultations are free.
Johnson & Johnson JNJ, which set aside $2.5 billion last year to resolve claims that 8,000 of its artificial hips were defective, faces a new round of lawsuits over another line of hip implants blamed for poisoning patients.J&J’s DePuy unit is starting its first trial of allegations that the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip was defectively designed and caused metal debris to leech into patients’ bloodstreams. The cobalt-and-chromium material caused an infection that forced Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli to have her artificial hips surgically removed, she said in court filings.
via J&J’s Pinnacle Hips Face First Trial on Poisoned Patients – Bloomberg.
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J&J just announced that it is voluntarily pulling its power morcellators globally. J&J’s decision comes in the wake of the FDA’s April 2014 warning to doctors that this device may spread, and consequently accelerate, the growth of undetected cancer cells in women. The FDA found that as many as 1 in 350 woman who undergo this procedure may have cancer that this machine could spread outside the uterus.
Power morcellators are robots that are used to preform minimally invasive robotic hysterectomies. The American Medical Association estimates that as many as 20,000 woman have these types of procedures preformed on an annual basis.
Our firm is currently reviewing cases where woman have had robotic hysterectomies and experienced injuries or the spread of cancer.
Bloomberg News published a good article on this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-31/j-j-withdraws-hysterectomy-device-tied-to-cancer-spread.html
The Wall Street Journal (5/22, A1, Levitz, Kamp, Subscription Publication, 5.51M) reported that the FDA has discouraged Doctors from using power morcellators to remove uterus and uterine fibroids. The agency had warned against using the procedure because of concerns it could accidentally spread cancer to other parts of the body.
A morcellator is a surgical instrument used for division (“morcellation“) and removal of large masses of tissues during laparoscopic surgery.
This comes in the wake of Johnson & Johnson suspending worldwide sales its power morcellators on April 30, 2014.
If you have to to undergo laparoscopic surgery for removal of uterus and uterine fibroids, make sure you confirm with your doctor that he/she is not planning on using a power morcellator.
Nathan T. Williams