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Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant subject of civil, clinical trials

Stryker Orthopaedics has been defending itself from product liability lawsuits related to injuries associated with the failures of certain hip implants, and it has been conducting a clinical…

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DePuy to stop selling two hip implant models

Beset with a molehill of sales and a mountain of regulation, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced that it would stop selling the metal-on-metal Ultamet and the ceramic-on-metal Complete hip…

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Manufacturer reports da Vinci robotic surgical system problem

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates a spike in adverse-event reports that it received in regard to the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, the manufacturer told the FDA and…

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Mirena IUD lawsuits centralized

Based on common “factual allegations” among plaintiffs in dozens of Mirena IUD lawsuits, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in April consolidated claims against…

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Holding dialysis cycler manufacturer accountable

It could have been a happier new year for a home peritoneal dialysis patient who reported being overfilled with a dialysis solution by a Fresenius Liberty Cycler, a medical device which,…

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FDA studies robotic surgery injury reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly has begun investigating voluntary adverse-event reports, including reports of at least five patient deaths in the last year or so, pertaining to…

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Transvaginal mesh victims deserve compensation

Reacting to organized calls for either a ban or another type of restriction on the transvaginal mesh procedure, the American Urogynecologic Society issued a statement March 26 opposing…

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Failed metal-on-metal hip replacements and the ‘C’ word

As if metallosis and other adverse tissue reactions were not enough woes for many metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients, some scientists believe that there should be further examination of a…

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GranuFlo maker on FDA radar again

Nearly a year after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Fresenius Medical Care North America would recall its dialysis concentrate, following disclosure of the chemical’s…

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Blood sample seems clue of early metal hip replacement failure

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recommend routine checks of blood metal ion levels for metal-on-metal hip replacement patients who are not suffering from complications…