FDA Orders Stricter Requirements for Hip Implant Manufacturers

May 24, 2011 – The New York Times reports that the U.S. Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered that hip implant manufacturers conduct studies on recipients of artificial hips.  This is a result of hip implant systems being under recent fire due to a high risk of failure early on, leading to a revision surgery or other serious health problems.  Manufacturers of “metal-on-metal” hip implants are being required to study patients with this type of device in order to determine if there are adverse side effects such as metal poisoning.  The flaking of metal material has been one common complaint. Metal that flakes off a defective hip implant can enter a patient’s bloodstream. This can be very dangerous and even result in death when not identified or properly treated in a prompt manner. Some patients have even become permanently disabled because of defective hip implants causing soft tissue damage.  While the focus is not on any particular manufacturer, the FDA is greatly concerned about the product itself. This could eventually lead to stricter regulations on the sale of this type of medical device in relation to the requirements for clinical testing.  If you have been injured because of a defective medical device, such as a defective hip implant, you may be able to file a defective medical device claim. You should immediately consult with a New York defective medical device attorney for help with your claim.

Contacting a New York Medical Device Attorney

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of a defective medical device you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York defective medical device attorney can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a defective medical device claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of defective medical device attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, dangerous drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your defective medical device claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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