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Consumers’ Union Urges FDA to Require Safety Testing of Metal on Metal Hips and Other High Risk Implants

On April 13, 2013, the Consumers’ Union sent a letter to the FDA urging it to adopt a rule that would require the agency’s premarket approval (PMA) to review high risk implants in order to determine their safety.  According to the letter, which was signed by more than 11,000 people, current loopholes in the law allow metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants to make their way to the market without first receiving a thorough safety evaluation from the FDA.

Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers’ Union Safe Patient Project, notes that, “Thousands of patients have been seriously injured by faulty metal on metal hip implants and other medical devices that were never properly tested before cleared for sale.”  The hope is that more stringent FDA safety measures will help curtail the “irresponsible behavior” of medical device companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, a manufacturer of the DePuy ASR™, which continued to sell the MoM hip implant with a known failure rate of 40%.

Metal-on-metal hip implants may cause harm and lead to significant medical expenses, disability, and even death.  You may be able to receive compensation for:

–          Past and ongoing medical bills including surgery to remove the device if necessary

–          Lost wages and diminished earning capacity

–          Permanent, partial, or total disability

–          Diminished quality of life

–          Pain and suffering

If you or a loved one has been injured by metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the DePuy ASR™, contact the experienced team of attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297 for a free, confidential evaluation of your claim.

 

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