Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Major Review of Patients with Artificial Hips to be Ordered by HSE

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Data suggests that over 6,500 artificial hips have been fitted in Irish patients. And as per reports, now the Heath Service Executive (HSE) is set to give orders for major review of patients that are fitted with metal-on-metal artificial hips.

Similar review was ordered by MHRA in the UK last year. It is learnt that HSE will be issuing letters in the coming days across the executive to the regional directors of operations, which will state HSE's idea to conduct the review.

The review will cover all the devices sold and fitted in Ireland till date. The metal-on-metal artificial hip is a device where the ball and socket are made from metal. It is said that this device is strongest of all its rival devices.

Among the implants in the country are 3,500 ASR hip devices made by the manufacturer DePuy and 3,000 devices by other manufacturers. DePuy recalled its ASR devices after the devices began fail at high rate in 2010. In wake of the faulty devices, DePuy is facing over 600 lawsuits in the country.
Further, the firm is also facing a large number of lawsuits in the UK, the US and Australia. Ireland is also launching Irish National Orthopaedic Register (INOR) to monitor performance of medical devices and professionals.

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