Rottenstein Law Group Alarmed but Not Surprised by Number of Hip Implant Complaints to FDA in Past Decade

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the failures of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by various companies, was not surprised by the large number of complaints about all-metal hip implants received by the FDA from 2000 to 2011, but the firm is nonetheless disconcerted.

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the failures of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by various companies, was not surprised by the large number of complaints about all-metal hip implants received by the FDA from 2000 to 2011, but the firm is nonetheless disconcerted.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, between 2000 and 2011, recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants lodged nearly 16,800 complaints—or, “adverse event reports”—with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The reports almost quadrupled to 682 in 2008 from the year earlier, and rose again after [DePuy,] a unit of Johnson & Johnson began recalling hip devices in 2010,” according to the Bloomberg article, which cited a report posted on the FDA’s website. “Adverse event reports in 2011 totaled 12,137 for the metal-on-metal devices, compared with 6,332 associated with other types of hip implants, according to the FDA document.”

The FDA previously announced its intention to asking an advisory panel of experts to take a closer look at metal-on-metal hip implants late this month. “Though the FDA metal hip implant investigation is nothing new,” reported Reuters in April, “it signals that the agency may be ready to subject the devices to stricter scrutiny.”

After the August 2010 recall of 93,000 DePuy XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hips, the FDA ordered manufacturers to collect more post-implant safety data. Since then, the FDA has been investigating the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants and trying to decide if they should undergo more rigorous testing and premarket review. “Evidence suggests that such review may be necessary. A recent study from the National Joint Registry of English and Wales found that 6% of people with the implants needed additional surgery,” reported Reuters. “This is high when compared to the 1.7 to 2.4% rate found in individuals with ceramic or plastic hips.”
Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, implores anyone with a friend or relative who has received a dangerous medical device to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer.

About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action lawsuits in a compassionate manner. http://www.rotlaw.com

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