FDA to Hold Meeting about Hip Implants
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a two-day meeting discussing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Between 2000 and 2011, the FDA has received over 16,000 negative reports about metal hip implants. Some patients suffered complications so severe, that they had to have their hip implants removed.
Metal-on-metal implants were brought on to the market, to replace traditional implants made of ceramic and plastic. The metal-on metal implants were supposed to be more durable than traditional hip implants, but that has not been the case.
A recent study done by British physicians found that more than 6% of patients with metal hip implants need them replaced in less than 5 years. Metal-on-metal hip implants are supposed to last between 10 to 15 years. According to the Associated Press, British experts are now telling physicians no to use the metal hip implants. They are also recommending that patients with metal-on-metal hip implants get annual blood tests to make sure that metal particles are not seeping into their bodies.
During the FDA’s meeting, they will look at the data from the British experts along with data from other countries.
If you or a loved has sustained an injury from a metal hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal rights. An experienced defective product lawyer can guide you through the legal process.
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