Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of all-metal hip implants have asserted that such devices are too different to be classed together, and should be evaluated as a group. But according to a report from Law360.com, the fact that the two hip implant components recalled by Stryker have been linked to the same types of metallosis injuries associated with metal-on-metal hip replacements severely undermines that argument.

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