New York Times journalist Barry Meier has recently written a series of articles alerting our nation's patients and consumers to the startling statistics on failing hip replacement devices. The NY Times informs on the "high cost of failing artificial hips" in that these devices have produced "the most widespread medical implant failure in decades — involving thousands of all-metal artificial hips that need to be replaced prematurely." These articles stem from recent years' recalls of metal on metal artificial joint replacements.
- On July 22, 2008, the FDA announced a voluntary recall of the Zimmer Durom® Acetabular Component ("Durom Cup")
- On August 24, 2010, the FDA there was a voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR™ total hip system.
Read more about the FDA's Recalls Specific to Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Systems here.
Read our analysis of the study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery at our Justice Alerts Blog: