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FDA Takes Unprecedented Step to Hire Experts in Metal-on-Metal Poisoning Crisis

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

In what could be called “too little, too late” for the impotent and corporately-influenced FDA, the orthopedic division has asked to impanel a medical-science committee to determine the implications of cobalt and chromium exposure to metal on metal implant recipients. Shockingly, it has come to light that in mid-2009 the very same FDA sent a non-approval letter to DePuy regarding their ASR resurfacing implant. This was private, yet patients still received metal on metal DePuy ASR total hip replacement implants until the mid-2010 recall. The FDA never warned these patients, some of which represent.

These studies have to be done at public expense even though Johnson & Johnson made millions of dollars from these implants and NEVER did any of their own pre-market testing or post-marketing surveillance with regard to metal diseases. Even worse, Johnson & Johnson continues to profit from this crisis by selling other implants to the revision victims. Thankfully, the Johnson & Johnson CEO has announced his resignation and the company has set aside billions of dollars for litigation.

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