Friday 20 October 2017

Company behind faulty hip implants still doesn’t know what is causing problems

Mark Hilliard

THE company that fitted up to 3,500 Irish patients with faulty hip implants has still not discovered what is causing the problem, two years after they were recalled.

An Oireachtas Health Committee heard today that patients who received the implants from DePuy – part of the Johnson & Johnson group – continue to worry about the long term health effects.







The committee also heard that problems accessing patient files were making legal actions more difficult.







Pat O’Mahony, chief executive of the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) said that it continued to monitor the company’s investigation into the faulty hips but “to date the root cause of the problem has not yet been clearly identified”.







Concerns with the implants relate to small metallic particles from the metal plates being released into the bloodstream, which may have long term health implications.







The company was not present at yesterday’s meeting and did not respond to requests for comment.





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