US Drug Watchdog Stresses the Importance of Regular Blood Tests for Recipients of All-Metal Hip Implants to Detect Any Traces of Metal Additional testing, such as an MRI, is also encouraged to quickly discern any tissue inflammation related to premature implant failure

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Drug Watchdog fears most of the 500,000 US citizens who are recipients of an all metal hip implant will never get compensated should this specific type of hip implant prematurely fail, as many studies have now concluded will happen. The Watchdog is offering to help educate any recipient of an all metal hip implant as to what simple procedures are available, to determine if their all metal hip implant has failed, with one call to 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

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The US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients of an all metal hip implant to get serious about determining if their all metal hip implant device has prematurely failed, because if the worst happens, the potential for compensation is not an open ended proposition.

If a recipient of an all metal hip implant is concerned about the possibility of a premature failure they are encouraged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 for a full explanation about a specific blood test that might detect a failure, or an MRI procedure that will detect a failure by tissue inflammation in the area of the all metal hip implant stem, or cup. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

According to the US Drug Watchdog, "Our big new worry is what elevated levels of cobalt, and or chromium are doing to these specific type of hip implant recipients. Further we cannot figure out how, or why the US FDA has not gotten much more aggressive about these types of hip implant devices, and recalls. According to court records there are 500,000 US citizens with an all metal hip implant. How is it possible that there is more information about the risks, or dangers associated with all metal hip implants coming out of the United Kingdom than the United States?" http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

The US Drug Watchdog says, "On January 27th 2013 ABC News did a very good story on the issues with all metal hip implants. Click on the tab that says,'Hip Implant Safety Concerns':"

Updates on litigation involving metal on metal hip implants manufacturers that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because of metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "If you have a friend, or loved one who is a recipient of a metal-on metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all metal-on-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance."

For additional attribution purposes please refer to the January 2013 notification by the US Food and Drug Administration about all metal hip implants:

Media Contact: M. Thomas Martin, 866-714-6466

Read more news from the US Drug Watchdog.

SOURCE US Drug Watchdog


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