Committee recommends mandating that doctors report failed medical devices in wake of DePuy hip implant recall

Patients in Washington state and throughout the Northwest are not the only ones mulling over their options after the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems hip implant was recalled after many patients had very serious health repercussions due to the faulty design of the hip implant. Common complications include swelling, loosening of the joint, severe pain and fractures. More serious complications include metallosis which is metal poisoning.

In Australia, their senate is mulling over whether they want to mandate that doctors be forced to report problems that they observe with medical devices. This comes after the DePuy hip implant failed in about 5,000 Australian patients who received the device and these same patients have initiated a class action lawsuit.

One of the Australian senators said that he believes that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), a consumer watchdog agency which is similar to the Federal Drug Administration here in the U.S., “failed consumers”.

One Australian news agency went so far as to call the massive DePuy failure a “scandal”.

seattle depuy hip recall lawyerThe community affairs committee of their Senate is recommending a couple of major reforms in the Australian healthcare system including:

  • Mandatory reporting — Requires all health practitioners report adverse results from medical devices to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
  • Transparency — Eliminates financial incentives paid to doctors by medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies to use their products.

Looking at Australia from the U.S., it seems like their TGA did a better job than the FDA did here in the U.S. as the DePuy hip devices were pulled from their market while they were still being implanted here in the U.S.

Source: “Doctors could be forced to report faults“, news.com.au, 11/22/11
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm representing patients with failed DePuy hip implants in the greater Seattle area and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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