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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Applauds American Association for Justice Position on Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Regulation
Date:5/7/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the American Association for Justice, a plaintiff lawyers' industry group, recently weighed in on a proposed plan to subject metal-on-metal hip implants to greater regulatory oversight. According to a May 7th Reuters report, the group submitted a letter to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18th voicing cautious support for a proposed regulation that would require all-metal hip manufacturers to conduct more extensive safety review of their products in order to continue selling the devices or to bring new ones to market. However, the Association also pressed the FDA to include language in any final regulation that would prevent manufacturers from using any subsequent approval through the Premarket Approval (PMA) process to defeat any metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits that were filed before the process changes.*

“We applaud the American Association for Justice for bringing this important issue into focus. We agree that metal-on-metal hip implants need more regulation to ensure their safety, and that manufacturers should not gain retroactive immunity if a device is ultimately approved through a PMA,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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The FDA has been investigating metal-on-metal hip replacements since February 2011, amid concerns that metal ions shed from the hips can result in metallosis, adverse local tissue reactions, and early failure of the device. In January, the agency issued new guidance for patients fitted with
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