U.S. House Representative Waxman Urges Hearings on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Parker McDonald Law Firm anticipates a bipartisan effort to investigate the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. In a letter dated October 12, 2011, United States House Democrats of the Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Rep. Henry Waxman (Calif.), petitioned the Republican leadership to begin hearings on the defective medical devices.
In past hearings, committee members focused on delays in the device approval process. The panel wants to shift their efforts to determine how fees should be reallocated in the federal review process of new medical devices.
Problems with these implants began to grab public attention when in 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, recalled its hip replacement device: the ASR XL Acetabular System. The implant demonstrated a 13% or higher failure rate and created adverse reactions in thousands of patients across the United States. The DePuy metal-on-metal Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System has also been associated with a number of patient complaints similar to the recalled ASR device, though it has not yet been recalled. The FDA has already received 1,000 complaints since its release in 2003.
Rep. Waxman cited the more than 5,000 complaints filed with the Food and Drug Administration about metal-on-metal hip implants. Thousands of patients fitted with the metal-on-metal hip implants have experienced adverse reactions, one of which is metallosis.
“Tiny metal particles may wear off…” said Waxman, allowing cobalt and chromium from the implants to be absorbed by the blood stream, poisoning various parts of the body. Other symptoms include loss of mobility, chronic pain, muscle fatigue, bone deterioration and hip dislocation. The letter also noted the FDA’s mandate for “20 manufacturers of these devices to submit a plan to the FDA to study how frequently they were failing and to examine the health implications of device failures.”
Parker McDonald Law Firm stands ready to represent anyone fitted with a defective metal-on-metal hip implant. Parker McDonald has established http://www.hipimplantrecovery.com to specifically help victims of this tragedy. Parker McDonald represents patients and their families throughout the United States. All cases are reviewed under a contingency fee basis, which means there are no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained.
About Parker McDonald
Parker McDonald, P.C. offers comprehensive legal services for clients whose personal, business or property rights have been adversely affected. Built on years of trial experience, Parker McDonald lawyers are dedicated to a tradition of personal service and timely delivery of outstanding results.