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FDA Fails to Make Definitive Decisions on Metal Hips
- Ennis & Ennis
06/29/2012 - After a two-day FDA advisory panel meeting to discuss the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal hips, FDA regulators have decided to review additional evidence before making a final determination regarding metal-on-metal hips. In fact, the FDA did not even raise the possibility of removing the devices from the market. “This is a disappointing delay in the decision-making process and exposes patients to unnecessary dangers posed by all metal implants, should their physicians still choose to use these devices,” commented attorney David Ennis of Ennis & Ennis, P.A.
Government health experts explained at the FDA advisory meeting that there is little reason to continue using the metal-on-metal hip implants, due to increased evidence the devices have a high failure rate which expose patients to an increased risk of developing metallosis. Unfortunately, this evidence will not ensure that physicians will terminate the implantation of these specific devices.
As for those who have already had the devices implanted, FDA panelists recommend patients with pain or other symptoms obtain regular x-rays and blood testing and patients without symptoms obtain annual x-rays. These proposed U.S. screening recommendations are weaker than those overseas. The U.K. currently recommends all people who have metal-on-metal implants get yearly blood tests. “The FDA needs to recommend annual blood tests for all patients, at a minimum, because according to studies, patients can be asymptomatic and still suffer tissue damage,” Ennis commented.
In May 2011, the FDA ordered 21 manufacturers of metal hip systems, including DePuy Orthopaedics, Stryker, Zimmer, Biomet and Wright Medical Technology, to conduct postmarket surveillance studies. The companies must provide additional studies regarding the possible adverse health consequences of the implants. FDA scientists claim these studies will address many unanswered questions for the agency, including the long-term effects of metal particles.
While the FDA waits for these study results, Ennis & Ennis, P.A. continues to offer free, nationwide, confidential consultations to anyone who has an all-metal hip replacement system by calling toll free 1-800-856-6405 or by going to www.ennislaw.com and completing an online case evaluation form.
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