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Attune Knee Replacement System

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Recalled in June 2015 for early failure and destabilization of the knee.
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ATTUNE® Knee Replacement System
In June of 2015 the FDA recalled the ATTUNE® Knee Replacement System which is made and marketed by DePuy Synthes, a medical device division of Johnson & Johnson. In its warning letter to DuPuy, the FDA stated that parts of the knee replacement system were changed or replaced without FDA approval and that these parts were dangerous and could result in painful, costly and time consuming revision surgery. Worldwide, more than 700,000 total knee replacement surgeries used the Attune device.
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July 24, 2019
FDA Finally Issues Textured Breast Implant Warning. Allergan to Recall Biocell Implants Due to Link to Lymphoma.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning consumers about the link between textured breast implants and BIA-ALCL, a type of anaplastic lymphoma. The FDA also requested that Allergan recall its BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders. The FDA reported that Allergan will remove these products globally. As per the FDA’s analysis of worldwide data, so far there is a total of 573 unique BIA-ALCL cases including 33 patient deaths. Of these 573 cases, 481 patients had Allergan breast implants at the time of their diagnosis.

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July 12, 2019
ABC News Australia

In April 2019 the FDA warned women and physicians about the link between textured breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA ALCL). Since that time, France and Canada have banned the sale and use of these types of implants. Now, Australia may be following suit. The Therapeutic Goods Administration recommends cancelling, suspending and recalling some textured implants citing evidence of this correlation. Specifically, all of the 107 women diagnosed with BIA ALCL had textured breast implants. Five of these women died from the disease. BIA ALCL develops anywhere from three to 14 years post-surgery and it is not detectable via mammogram.

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June 21, 2019
Hidden adverse event reports secretly filed by device manufacturers now public

For decades the FDA allowed medical device manufacturers to file “adverse event” reports of defective and harmful medical devices in a database that is only accessible by FDA employees. Adverse events reports contain information on device complications and malfunctions resulting in patient injury, pain and suffering and death. Since 1997 this database, called the Alternative Summary Reporting (ASR) program, effectively hid this critical data pertaining to the safety and efficacy of hundreds of implanted devices from patients and physicians. Until June 21, 2019, thirteen manufacturers were permitted to file ASR reports.

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June 10, 2019
"Two Little Parts Destroyed My Life"

Johnson & Johnson group settlement won't pay for $millions in medical bills owed by Juliana LaDue to treat cardiomyopathy from metal poisoning. Juliana's Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement sickened her with chromium and cobalt levels nearly one hundred times the standard range, ultimately leading to congestive heart failure.

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