Jun 20 by Andy Gillin

Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Recalls Spark Lawsuits Nationwide

When implant devices fail, it is often difficult to tell whether the implant manufacturer or the doctor who performed the implant surgery is at fault. That’s the case for a new set of recalls involving Zimmer’s NexGen knee implants. The New York Times reports, in fact, that this dilemma came to a head last year, when one of Zimmer’s high-paid consultants said that the complications were likely a result of NexGen’s design, not doctor errors. This debate will likely have a serious impact on potential lawsuits against the popular Zimmer NexGen knee implant model.

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Feb 22 by Andy Gillin

DePuy Hip Implant Short Approval Process Faulted for Major Recalls

Even after a heavy year for medical product recalls, medical device companies have vamped up their criticism of government regulation, and are actively seeking to undermine efforts to make safer products. Last week, for example, the New York Times mentioned DePuy faulty hip implants in an article about companies who say the safety regulations will send business overseas. But a study released this week has shown that the Food and Drug Administration used an abbreviated approval process for more than 70 percent of the products that were recalled over the past five years. For good reason, this study is likely to dampen any hopes for decreased FDA scrutiny.

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