FDA Reviewed Safety Of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The FDA met last month to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants after receiving several reports of problems associated with the implants. Most of the problems involve tissue and bone damage from metal shavings being released into the body.

According to an article published in the Huff Post, FDA panelists said there were few, if any, cases in which they would recommend implanting a metal device.

“I do not use metal-on-metal hips, and I can see no reason to do so,” said Dr. William Rohr of Mendocino Coast District Hospital, who chaired the meeting.

Companies have been making all metal hip implants for the past ten years. Before that, most of the implants were coated with ceramic or plastic.

The metal-on-metal hip implants have been reportedly failing at a higher rate than the other implants. To date, there have been more than 17,000 reports of problems with the metal-on-metal designs.

FDA panelists said patients who have metal-on-metal hip implants should get annual X-rays to monitor their implants. Regulators in the U.K. said patients should be tested annually to make sure they don’t have dangerous metal in their blood.

The FDA has not mentioned recalling the implants. The agency has asked the makers of these hip implants to conduct long-term studies of their implants.

References:

Huffington Post, here

Houssiere Durant, here

Source: This article was submitted by John Martin of eJustice, the legal marketing division of  U.S marketing company CMTM Inc.