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Arizona woman latest to file lawsuit over defective Wright Profemur hip implant

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An Arizona woman has become the latest to file a lawsuit over injuries suffered as a result of the defective Wright Profemur hip implant.

According to a press release announcing the lawsuit, Virginia M. Welch claims her Wright Profemur hip implant failed just three years after it was implanted in February 2008.

Welch argues her Profemur Z hip implant was defective in design and caused her “considerable pain” nearly from the day it was implanted. After having X-rays conducted on her supposedly repaired hip, Welch discovered “a loosened acetabular cup, which appeared in x-rays to have rotated about 90 degrees from its original position.”

The plaintiff in this lawsuit was forced to endure a painful removal of the Profemur device in November 2009.

The lawsuit claims Wright Medical Technology failed to warn the public and regulators about the high failure rate associated with its hip implant. It was approved through the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) fast-track approval system, which requires very little pre-market testing of a device’s safety. However, a study about two years ago, cited in the release, suggest the Wright Profemur Z hip implant fails early in over 11 percent of people who’ve received it.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages. disclaimer: This article: Arizona woman latest to file lawsuit over defective Wright Profemur hip implant was posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 6:32 am at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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