Approximately one in nine patients who received a Wright Profemur hip implant experienced serious side effects after a few years of implantation.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 15, 2012
Wright Profemur hip replacement devices are the subject of a federal subpoena served upon Wright Medical Technology Inc., Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to the company’s latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), on August 3, 2012, the hip implant manufacturer received a subpoena requesting documents about its Profemur line of hip replacements from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee.* The federal subpoena requested “records and documentation” on its line of Profemur metal hip replacement products from the period between January 1, 2000 to August 2, 2012. The company stated that it is gathering the requested information for the U.S. Attorney and maintains that the subpoena “is not an allegation of wrongdoing or product safety issues.”
Despite the company’s statement, there have been numerous concerns regarding complications associated with Wright Profemur modular-neck stems. Data from the 2009 Australian National Joint Replacement Registry revealed that 11.2 percent of Wright Profemur femoral stems failed within just three years of implantation. Approximately one in nine patients who received a Wright Profemur hip implant experienced serious side effects after a few years of implantation. The Wright Profemur hip implant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) through the same expedited 510(k) process that allowed other controversial metal-on-metal hip implants, such as DePuy’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system and its recalled ASR hip implants to be sold without having to undergo clinical testing.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently investigating claims on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Wright Profemur hip replacement products.
Wright Profemur Hip Problems Similar To Recalled Stryker Modular Neck Stems
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics issued a recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to reports of fretting and corrosion. Given the similarities in design between the recalled Stryker modular-neck stems and the Wright Profemur stems, Wright conceded that there is a possibility that the Stryker hip recall might impact sales of its Profemur products. In the report filed with the SEC, Wright stated: “Although Stryker's recalled modular hip stems differ in design and material from our Profemur modular neck hip stems, there is a risk that Stryker's recall and the resultant publicity could negatively impact sales of modular neck systems of other manufacturers, including our Profemur system, even if the issues cited by Stryker are unique to Stryker products.”
Recent reports, studies and advisories have identified complications associated with metal hip implants, including metallosis. These complications often require patients to undergo painful revision surgery in order to have the defective devices removed. Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who have been injured by defective metal hip implants, is currently offering case reviews to individuals allegedly injured by these devices, including:
- DePuy ASR hip replacements;
- DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement systems;
- Wright Conserve hip implants;
- Wright Profemur hip replacement products; and
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems.
Those who experienced complications from these devices may be entitled to compensation including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Bernstein Liebhard LLP provides a wealth of information on metal hip implants on its website http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/Metal-On-Metal-Hip-Implants-Dangers. Call our lawyers today for a free case review: 1.877.779.1414.
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