The high failure rate of the ASR hip system was made public through the reports of the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry.  The negative feedback thrown at the all-metal hip implant of DePuy Orthopaedics urged the company to recall the devices in 2009. An Australian government agency might may require doctors to report defective implants, recent report says.

The Australian government, like the United States, is looking into different grounds of the hip recall. A 50-percent, high-than-normal failure rate was made public by the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry through Director Stephen Graves. The director remarked that “It is a complete untruth that DePuy did not have reason to withdraw the ASR before now; we have been telling them since 2007, but they allowed it to be used on thousands of people.”
 
The Therapeutic Goods Administration called for the pull out the faulty implant two years after it first knew about the failures. Health care practitioners were informed about the problem device but there was no warning given to the general public.  The president of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Dr. Graham Mercer, mentioned that warnings on prostheses given by the National Joint Replacement Registry should be acted upon immediately by the TGA. A more stern testing of prosthesis must be done before it is approved for general use was also recommended by Dr. Mercer.
 
The Community Affairs Committee in the Australian Senate recently conducted a hearing on this matter. It recommended that the TGA require doctors to report any incidents of defective devices in their patients. The report states that the "The committee recommends the Department of Health and Ageing introduce mandatory reporting for health practitioners to the TGA on relevant issues in certain circumstances including problems with medical devices." Endorsement fees paid by pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers doctors should be stopped, as recommended by the Senate.
 
The News Australia reported that in the country, roughly 5,000 patients were given the DePuy ASR hip implant. An artificial joint replacement registry has been operating in Australia even before the DePuy ASR hip recall was called.The registry’s report, along with the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, helped alert the world to the DePuy hip implant-related problems. The United States is keeping tab on recipients who are not citizens of the country because it did not  have a joint registry of its own.

Reference:
news.com.au/breaking-news/doctors-could-be-forced-to-report-faults/story-e6frfku0-1226203054020

mydepuyrecall.com/depuy-hip-implant-recall-history.htm

smh.com.au/national/health/surgeons-happy-to-be-supported-by-companies-behind-hip-implants-fiasco-20111010-1lhmh.html

theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/medical-devices-in-spotlight/story-e6frg8y6-1226122720529

 


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