Longtime readers of FSBD know I’ve covered the issue of dangerous children’s products before on this blog. I saw this article today that Peg Perego stollers have just been recalled, with at least one death reported. This, in the wake of other recent stroller recalls by both Graco and Maclaren.
What this means to you:
Though we may not want to do it for every DVD player or blender we buy, take 30 seconds and fill out the warranty card so you are apprised of recalls as soon as they happen, especially for products that impact the safety of children.
Baby Boomers appear to be here to stay. I mean, they even have their own Association now, so you know they’re going to stick around and ask for stuff. Stuff like hip implants that don’t fail after being implanted, causing pain, swelling, and metal on metal friction to throw off chromium and cobalt ions in to their blood streams. Some people! For what it’s worth, the medical research surrounding metal ions is ongoing, but as far as I know, no doctors have started prescribing chromium and cobalt ions to be taken once daily by mouth along with your Flintstones.
But, the maker of many hip implants, a company called DePuy (pronounced “Dapew”) who is owned by Johnson & Johnson, knew for quite a while that its ASR hip implants were failing. It was recently learned that, rather than tell the FDA of the product’s defects, or make a change to its design, or immediately recall the device, DePuy opted merely to not make any more ASR hips, but continue to sell the problematic hips it had remaining.
What does this meant to you:
Many times, patients may not know the brand or model of the particular implant they have. That is, a person may have a DePuy ASR and not even know it. If you’re having problems, its important to check with your doctor to see which type you have, and if need be, discuss it with a lawyer.