Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Will Johnson & Johnson Have to Answer to Congressional Committee for DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hips?

Yesterday House Democrats from the Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Representative Henry Waxman of California, urged Republicans to hold hearings to examine certain medical devices, more specifically metal-on-metal hip implants like the DePuy ASR and the DePuy Pinnacle, as well as brain stents, both of which have developed serious defects after being implanted in patients, and they cited underregulation as the cause. 

The House Democrats outlined that the metal-on-metal hip implants have tiny metal particles that wear and enter the bloodstream from the friction of the ball and the cup, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency has received over 5,000 complaints in the first six months of 2011, which was more than the agency had received in the prior four years combined.

Kind of interesting that now the congress wants to advocate holding hearings on the Depuy hip recall.
Here is the orignal letter:  I suggest glancing through it.

This information came from  the Ennis and Ennis site.

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