Legalists Point to Surgical Robot Training and Technical Failings

Law firm Bernstein Liebhard LLP has issued a press release that brings us up to date, pointing in particular to a piece of research that suggests 30% of robotic surgery complications using Intuitive’s da Vinci system, as reported on the FDA’s MAUDE database, were either a result of operator error or technical failure of the robotic system itself.

Ethicon Reality Checks into Collaboration with Megadyne®

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and Megadyne®, Inc have both issued press releases, confirming that they have entered into a collaboration agreement. The deal will see customers offered a contracting solution that incorporates the two companies’ combined product offerings, increasing choice and access to a broad energy portfolio.

Johnson & Johnson Considering $3 Billion Settlement of DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson is considering a settlement with injured hip implant patients that could total more than $3 billion. Sources close to the matter have told Bloomberg that the company is weighing their options in settling thousands of cases involving DePuy hip implants that have been linked to early failure rates and a host of serious complications.

Medlatest’s Weekly Editorial Online Now

In the western world’s chase for technological advancement and the less savoury side of human nature it occasionally brings to the surface, perhaps we should reflect on the life of the Iraqi girl with one leg and no prospects. Just to even things up a bit.

12%, 37% or 49%? What Exactly Is DePuy’s All-Metal Hip Failure Rate At 5 Years

Bloomberg has reported on the pre-trial testimony of Paul Voorhorst, a DePuy biostatistician, as a preamble to proceedings in the case of Loren Kransky vs J&J (DePuy), for which the jury sits tomorrow (Friday 25th January). In it, previously unseen documents suggest that the company’s own estimates of failure rate for some of its metal-on-metal hip prostheses are now as high as 37%, significantly higher than the 12 or 13% cited in the original recall notices.