TGA alerts doctors about heart failure risks with DePuy hip implant

THE TGA is alerting doctors to recently published research showing higher heart failure rates in men with a DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant.

The notorious DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal total hip replacement system was withdrawn from the Australian market in 2009 due to high surgery revision rates and recalled worldwide the following year, sparking a class action against the manufacturer.

Now an Australian study of more than 4000 patients has found men with the prosthesis had more than double the risk of being hospitalised for heart failure compared with those who had metal

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