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On May 16, 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced it would stop selling metal-on-metal hip replacement implants. “The decision to discontinue these products is not related to safety or efficacy, and is not a recall,” according to a company spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics, Inc.
On November 1, 2012, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. We are very proud to report that for the third straight year, the law firm of Alley, Clark & Greiwe has been honored with a First-Tier ranking in the Tampa Metropolitan area in both medical malpractice and personal injury litigation.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. has recalled over 8,000 medical device units in response to the FDA finding that it sold the devices without the required approvals. The recall was disclosed on August 16, 2012, and is in response to a December letter where the FDA accused DePuy of marketing 14 various knee, hip, and ankle devices without proper approval. DePuy tried to exercise a loophole saying the devices were customized to the needs of individual patients, but the FDA disagreed. Despite receiving the warning in December, it took DePuy over 8 months to comply with the FDA request.
Over the last few weeks, two extremely negative news reports were made regarding defibrillator leads manufactured by St. Jude Medical. Leads are used to transmit electricity to the heart from a defibrillator which delivers a shock if it detects problems with a patient’s cardiac rhythm. Last week, the FDA ordered St. Jude Medical to do more research on the safety of both its older Riata generation of leads as well as the new generation of Durata leads. The FDA also made the rare move of recommending patients who had received the Riata leads to go undergo additional testing to determine whether the device will fail.
Three lawyers from the Tampa-based personal injury law firm of Alley, Clark & Greiwe were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Tampa Personal Injury Attorney C. Todd Alley was selected in the fields of Mass Tort Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney James D. Clark was selected in the fields of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation. Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney Don Greiwe was selected in the field of Medical Malpractice law.