Yet more painful news
WE don't often see a medical controversy unfold as swiftly as the hip replacement affair.
On Thursday, the DePuy company announced a recall of two devices used by about 93,000 people around the world. The company said it regretted having to take the action and said it would pay for the cost of consultations with doctors, tests and procedures. Such a prompt acceptance of responsibility by a multinational is rare.
The Health Service Executive and the Irish Medicines Board also responded quickly. The board set about contacting all patients who have been implanted with the devices and they say the process will be completed within weeks. The HSE ensured that all devices involved in the recall were taken out of circulation and was arranging the setting up of a dedicated helpline for concerned patients.