Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hip implant maker was alerted to safety fears, as surgeon told them: ‘It borders on unethical to market’

Hip implant maker was alerted to safety fears, as surgeon told them: ‘It borders on unethical to market’ British patients were fitted with controversial hip implants despite the company behind them being warned by experts that the type of device was unsafe, secret documents reveal.

A senior engineer working for DePuy reported in 1995 that metal-on-metal constructions were “unpredictable” and parts prone to “catastrophic breakdown” five years before DePuy’s hips began to be implanted in Britons.

More than 20,000 patients were later fitted with the implants, which experts say can deposit toxic ions into the bloodstream as they wear. Thousands were left in agony and had to have costly operations to have them replaced with safer alternatives. The Daily Telegraph

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