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Govt. urged to establish a national joint replacement registry

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NEW DELHI: Given the ‘faulty hip implants’ of Metal and Metal prosthesis made by Johnson & Johnson that were put into some 4,700 patients, four of who died, and 3,600 of whom could not be traced, medical experts have urged the government to establish a national joint replacement registry to regulate medical implants and drugs for the patients safety.

Dr. Raju Vaishya, President of Indian Cartilage Society, said, “Incidentally, there is no government body like National Joint Replacement Registry in our country, though the formation of such a body was suggested many years ago. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization did not take any timely action in this matter."

Dr. Atul Srivastava, Secretary, Indian Orthopaedic Association, agreed with the idea of setting up such a national body, which may be called National Joint Replacement Registry or National Healthcare Data Storage and Management Committee, so that the use of faulty implants or medical devices should be stopped.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Additional Director, Brain and Spine Surgery, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre, New Delhi, said that more catastrophic failures of medical implants & devices are "almost guaranteed" to happen because there have been no significant reforms on the way in India.

Dr. R. N. Kalra, Medical Director of Kalra Hospital & SRCNC, New Delhi, said that there are established systems in most developed countries where the doctors and patients can register their opinion and complain about any adverse effect of any implant or drug. Hence, the government authority can immediately know if there is any flaw in them but in India, there is no such system.

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