Japanese deaths prompt Osteobond recall:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Zimmer has recalled its bone adhesive Osteobond from Japan, following reports linking three deaths from sudden hypotension and cardiac arrest. The copolymer cement - a mixture of monomeric and polymeric methyl methacrylate with barium sulphate - was launched by the Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidiary in Japan in April, and has been used for joint replacements in 1800 patients since then. The company is claiming confidence in the product and says the recall is a safety measure.