DrugRisk Stryker Hip Recall Update: Growing Lawsuits Could End Up In Federal Court

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So far, more than 80 patients affected by the recalled devices have filed a Stryker hip lawsuit in a New Jersey multi-district court.

The hip implant resource center at DrugRisk.com is alerting patients affected by the recall of Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems of new information on the site showing the rising number of lawsuits by those with the implants may be headed to a special federal court.

“The goal of the DrugRisk resource center is to provide patients with the latest medical device warnings, recalls, studies and litigation news in the hope that more information to consumers will lead to improved safety,” explains DrugRisk representative Ryan Mayer.

Health experts with the British Medical Journal* and FDA** have already warned that toxic metal shavings from all-metal hips like the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate can cause serious conditions such as tissue damage, bone loss and damage to other organs when released into the body.

DrugRisk has alerted patients of the recent recall by Stryker of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular implant systems***. As part of the recall, Stryker admitted some patients experienced adverse local tissue reactions or elevated levels of metal in the bloodstream, even if no symptoms were present***.

So far, more than 80 patients affected by the recalled devices have filed a Stryker hip lawsuit in a New Jersey multi-district court****.

Now, DrugRisk has learned that patients filed a petition with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation asking that Stryker hip recall lawsuits be consolidated to a special federal court in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))

Stryker has hired a claims management firm to attempt to resolve patient claims as part of the recall.*** However, anyone affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip recall is urged to contact the DrugRisk Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their full legal rights before signing anything from Stryker or Broadspire, or deciding to take action.

Due to the specialized nature of federal medical device injury cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled Stryker recall lawsuits.

For more information on the recall, studies and litigation news related to Stryker or other metal hips, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugRisk.com.

*bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410
**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm
***stryker.com/en-us/products/Orthopaedics/modularneckstems/index.htm
****northjersey.com/mahwah/Over_80_lawsuits_on_hip_implants_filed_against_Mahwah-based_Stryker_Orthopaedics_.html?page=all

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