Defective DePuy Hip Implant Shows Big Hole in Regulatory System

Patients naturally assume that when a sophisticated metal implant like a hip replacement is surgically placed into their bodies, it must have been thoroughly tested before wide use. The now-recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement shows how wrong that assumption is.

A medical device manufacturer in the United States can cobble together new components into an old, already-approved device, and the new hybrid device is essentially grandfathered into government approval since it in theory closely resembles the old device.

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