Product Liability

Metal on Metal Hip Implant Manufacturers

Metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers produce metal hip joints for surgeons. Some of these products have become controversial because of their safety risks.

Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip joints

According to the New York Times and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following manufacturers sell metal-on-metal hip implants in the United States:1,2,3

  • Smith & Nephew
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • DePuy
  • Biomet
  • C.R. Bard
  • Downs Surgical
  • Joint Medical Products Corporation
  • Osteotechnology, Inc.
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Wright Medical Technology
  • Zimmer Spine, Inc.
  • Zimmer, Inc.

These products have become subjects of controversy and have been investigated by the FDA.

FDA regulation

Almost all of these manufacturers have been investigated by the FDA for the same reason. Metal ions can detach from their products and enter various parts of the body, including the bloodstream.1 Sometimes this can lead to a second hip replacement.

The New York Times reported in January 2013 that the FDA has decided to require additional testing of metal-on-metal hip implants before they can go on the market. This regulation will affect all manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants.4

Several of these products have already been recalled, including:3

  • Smith & Nephew R3 Metal Liners of the R3 Acetabular System
  • DePuy ASR TM XL Acetabular System
  • Zimmer Durom® Acetabular Component

Legal action

If you believe you are having an adverse reaction to a metal hip joint, you may wish to contact a personal injury attorney to pursue litigation. Your attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible for legal compensation from the medical professionals who decided to install the joint or from the joint manufacturer.

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