Understanding Hip Recalls - Depuy ASR, Stryker, Zimmer Durom Cup
Hip Implant Recall: Stryker Does it Again
Coming on the heels of a 2007 recall of its hip implant products Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups, medical supply company Stryker Corporation has been forced to issue another hip implant recall. In July 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implant products from the market due to reports that the implants failed to hold up after surgery, and that metal on metal grinding was releasing harmful metallic debris into the body. Patients whose new Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants failed would require revision surgery within 2 3 years of the initial installation, and doctors noticed an increased risk of metallosis due to the design of the implants.
Metallosis is an adverse tissue reaction to metal in the body, and causes pain, limited mobility, and failure of the hip joint. The problem arose due to a metal neck piece on the Stryker hip implant that can, under certain conditions, rub against the metal stem of the implant and cause metallic debris to come loose. The precise nature of the defect not only leads to pain after installation, but requires a complex and often very painful revision surgery . Patients, then, not only suffer from the effects of metallosis, but face a difficult repair procedure and a longer rehabilitation period.
Stryker released its Rejuvenate and ABG II models without premarket testing under FDA exception 510(k). Exception 510(k) allows for companies to avoid costly and time consuming premarket testing by comparing a new product to one that already exists on the market. Stryker was granted a 510(k) testing exception for its new hip implant models, and, as such was unaware of the risks created by installation of the Rejuvenate and ABG IImodels. Patients receiving the hip implants unknowingly served as post-market test subjects, and suffered implant failures that might hae been detected with premarket testing.
Lawsuits have already been filed by patients injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant models, and there are more to come as more injuries are revealed. If you or a loved one has had a Stryker hip implant fail, contact an experienced attorney immediately for your legal options. Attorneys are investigating claims against Stryker for the latest recall, and anyone interested in a Stryker hip implant lawsuit should contact a lawyer immediately.
Hip Implant Lawsuits: J&J Depuy Orthopedics Hip Replacement Recall
Depuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of its hip replacement products, 1) the ASR XL Acetabular System a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, and 2) the ASR Hip Resurfacing System a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur, a method intended to preserve more bone.
Although the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received hundreds of consumer complaints about hip replacement failures over the past two years, Depuy (which reported profits of $5.4 billion in 2009) refused to concede that the ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System were defective or recall the hip replacement products even though numerous hip implant lawsuits have already been filed against it and medical data shows that approximately 12 13 percent of patients needed a second hip replacement within five years of receiving an ASR implant.
Depuy hip implant recall attorneys say that the company's failure to institute a hip replacement recall or adequately warn hip implant patients will lead to hip implant lawsuits against it.
Hip Implant Lawsuits: Zimmer Durom Cup Recall
Similar to Depuy Orthopedics, Zimmer Inc. manufactured a hip replacement medical device known as the Durom Replacement Acetabular Components, or simply the Zimmer Durom Cup. The company, which reported sales of $4.1 billion in 2009, suspended sales of the Zimmer Durom Cup in 2008 after hundreds of hip implant patients complained that the product was defective and caused them to undergo additional hip replacement surgeries. Zimmer medical device attorneys say that Zimmer knew that its hip implants were defective years beforehand, but that they like Depuy also put profits over patient safety. Zimmer medical device lawsuits continue to be filed across the nation.
Hip Implant Lawsuits: Stryker Hip Implant Recall
Medical device giant, Stryker Corporation, recalled its Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups after numerous warning letters from the FDA about failing to establish and maintain procedures that conform to FDA guidelines or adequately address consumer complaints. Stryker defective hip implant attorneys say that Stryker, which reported sales of $6.7 billion in 2009, knew about these hip implant defects years beforehand. Stryker defective hip implant lawsuits also continue to be filed across the nation.
Do You Have A Hip Implant Lawsuit? If So, You Have Remedies
If you've been injured by Depuy Orthopedic's ASR XL Acetabular System or ASR Hip Resurfacing System; Zimmer Inc.'s Durom Replacement Acetabular Component / Zimmer Durom Cup or Stryker Corporation's Trident PSL or Hemispherical Acetabular Cups, contact a hip implant lawyer right away.
Experienced hip implant lawyers understand how these medical device manufacturers operate and follow similar litigation around the country. They will be able discuss your situation, evaluate your options and determine if you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries such as lost wages, medical bills and the pain and suffering that you've already experienced or may experience in the future.