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Hip implant complications can cause serious health issues

Many Georgia residents have undergone hip replacement surgery with the hope that they will no longer feel any hip joint pain. The surgery generally requires the ball-and-socket joint of the hip to be replaced with a manufactured ball inside a cup. Doctors originally believed that using metal-on-metal hip devices, where both the ball and cup are made of metal, would be better for patients than ceramic or plastic devices, as they would last longer and make the joint more stable. However, many patients have found that metal hip-on-hip implants are more trouble than they're worth.

Overview of how the FDA classifies recalls

Previous posts here have discussed how the United States Food and Drug Administration regulates both medications and medical devices that are on the American market. While the FDA ideally weeds out dangerous products during its approval process, the process does not, and really cannot, stop all unsafe drugs and other medical devices from hitting the shelves. As a result, like other agencies committed to the safety of consumer products, the FDA from time to time issues recalls or, more properly speaking, persuades a manufacturer to voluntarily recall a product.

Baby powder maker now target of criminal probe

The United States Department of Justice is reportedly conducting a criminal investigation into Johnson & Johnson over the presence of asbestos in its famous baby powder. While the details of the investigation are being kept private for now, the federal authorities have apparently asked the company to turn over a number of documents.

People in Northern Georgia may be hurt by hip liners

A manufacturer of hip implants, Smith & Nephew, is facing serious scrutiny for the way it made some of its hip replacement devices. A Northern Georgia resident who had hip replacement surgery or even a partial hip replacement between 2006 and 2015 may have a Smith & Nephew product in her body.

FDA confirms increased cancer risk for Valsartan users

This blog has on several previous occasions reported medical product liability issues with the blood pressure drug valsartan. Several recalls over the past several months have called the safety of the drug in to question, as quantities manufactured overseas have been discovered to include impurities that could cause cancer.

Using mesh to treat incontinence may not be worth it

For a number of years, doctors have used transvaginal mesh products to treat a condition called stress urinary incontinence. This is a medical condition that many women in Northern Georgia and other parts of the country experience in which they will involuntarily urinate while engaging in physical activity or even after a hard sneeze or cough.

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