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US Drug Watchdog Now Urges All Zimmer Stryker, Biomet, Wright and DePuy All Metal Hip Implant Recipients to Get A Blood Test For A Failure-Don't Get Left Holding the Bag
Date:1/7/2013

(PRWEB) January 07, 2013

The US Drug Watchdog says "According to the New York Times there are about 500,000 US citizens with a metal on metal hip implant. A hip replacement surgery, also called a revision surgery could cost $40,000 plus. Hip implant makers that are being sued over premature failure issues with their specific type of all metal hip implants include the Stryker Rejuvenate, the Biomet M2a Magnum, Zimmer Durom Cup, Wright Medical, and DePuy's ASR, and Pinnacle. Our goal is to identify as many failure victims as possible, and we think the easiest way for a metal on metal hip implant recipient to see if their device has failed is to get a simple blood test that is focused on cobalt, and chromium levels. We do not want any metal on metal hip implant recipient left holding the bag for the cost of a hip replacement surgery." As a background, according to the New York Times on December 27th 2011, "The so-called metal-on-metal hips, in which a device's ball and joint are made of metal, are failing at high rates within a few years instead of lasting 15 years or more." The US Drug Watchdog wants to hear from any metal-on metal hip implant recipient if their hip implant has already failed, or if the hip implant recipient is suffering the symptoms of a metal-on metal hip implant failure, and the group will provide a metal on metal hip implant recipient with the names, and contacts of who they consider to be the best national caliber attorneys to help them with their specific type of hip implant device. Recipients of any of the listed metal on metal hip implant devices are urged to contact the US Drug Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 for more information. http://USDrugWatchdog.com

According to the US Drug Watchdog, "Symptoms of a metal-on-metal hip implant failure include pain in the area of the hip implant, loss of flexibility, swelling in the area of the metal-on metal hip implant, loss of mobility, and elevated levels of cobalt, or chromium in the blood stream of the recipient. We think a blood test for cobalt, and or chromium are the best ways for any metal on metal hip implant recipient to discover a failure involving a metal on metal hip implant device." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

Metal on metal hip implant devices that are now subject to national litigation over failure issues:

  • DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244
  • DePuy ASR Case Number Ohio Southern Federal District Court Case Number MDL # 2197
  • Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Stem Failure Teleseminar: Metallosis with No Metal on Metal Articulation will address the issues surrounding the latest hip replacement systems recall. On July 6, 2012 Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems in the United States
  • Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No. 3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012
  • Zimmer Durom Cup Product Liability mass tort litigation, MDL NO. 2158 (SDW), which is pending in the federal District Court in New Jersey (time frame 2006-July 2008)
  • Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

The US Drug Watchdog says, "One of the biggest problems we have with respect to our failed medical device or recalled drug initiative work is the average US consumer never hears about a drug recall or failures involving medical devices like metal-on-metal hip implants. If you have a family member, or loved one who is a recipient of a metal-on metal hip implant that has already failed or is showing symptoms of a failure, or are concerned about a premature failure please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain these metal-on-metal hip implant victims get to the best possible attorneys, to ensure they get the best possible compensation for their ordeal." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

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