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FDA Report Details Metal-Metal Hip Device Problems

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A report posted yesterday on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website says that between 2000 and 2011, nearly 16,800 adverse events were reported regarding metal-on-metal hip device implants in the United States alone.

In 2011, the agency received 12,137 reports of adverse events linked to metal-on-metal devices, while adverse event reports for other types of hip implants reached 6,332 Bloomberg reports the FDA document as saying.

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 ASR hip devices, and is currently facing some 6,000 lawsuits across the country. In 2011, more than 9,000 adverse event reports were documented by the FDA regarding the ASR device.

Next week, FDA advisers will meet to discuss the safety and efficacy of metal-on-metal hip devices. Following the meeting, the panel is expected to release additional documentation. Should the FDA restrict metal-on-metal implants, Barclays Capital analyst Matthew Taylor says metal-on-metal implant makers won’t be affected significantly as, “Most of the companies have a full life of hip products they can sell so they’d just be swapping it out with the other hip products.” disclaimer: This article: FDA Report Details Metal-Metal Hip Device Problems was posted on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 2:13 am at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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