In its latest earnings report, Wright Medical says it has received a subpoena from the Western District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office. In the report, Wright explains that the subpoena requests all records related to Wright Profemur metal hip implants from January 1, 2000 to August 2, 2012. Wright says it is in the process of gathering the eleven years of data.
Wright has concerns regarding its metal-on-metal hip systems and its total hip replacement systems after Stryker recalled two competing hip implant systems and stopped global production saying the systems may display “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction,” which can cause pain and swelling as well as other adverse tissue reactions in the patient.
In the earnings report, Wright says, “Although Stryker’s recalled modular hip stems differ in design and material from our Profemur modular neck hip stems, there is a risk that Stryker’s recall and the resultant publicity could negatively impact sales of modular neck systems of other manufacturers, including our Profemur system, even if the issues cited by Stryker are unique to Stryker products.”