All federally filed lawsuits against Wright Medical Technology over their Conserve Plus hip implant devices have been consolidated in multi-district litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Plaintiffs allege the metal-on-metal Conserve Plus hip replacement system can cause metallosis, a condition that occurs when the metal in the devices grinds and sheds metal particles into the blood stream and damages local tissue, muscle, and organs. Plaintiffs also allege that the manufacturer failed to warn physicians and patients about the real risks of the devices, including their tendency to fail prematurely.
The Wright Conserve hip implant system includes the Conserve Femoral Surface Replacement, the Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal, the Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System, and the Conserve Total Hip System.
The Wright Medical Technology Conserve Plus hip implant system, like many of the metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) fast track program. According to the Eighth Annual Report released in 2011 by the National Joint Registry, the number of Wright Conserve revisions ranked only behind the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal device.
More than 3,500 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. 900 more lawsuits filed against DePuy over the Pinnacle hip replacement system have been consolidated in the Northern District of Texas.