Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a New York law firm nationally recognized for its consumer protection and mass tort practices, reports that a U. S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) public advisory committee will convene on June 27-28, 2012 to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hips.  The meeting, which will be open to the public, will focus on the following issues:

  • the risks of metal-on-metal hip implants;
  • the importance of metal ion testing; and
  • the long-term considerations for patients implanted with MoM hip systems.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP Partner Jeffrey S. Grand, who is serving on both the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and the Discovery Committee in the DePuy Pinnacle hip litigation, commented:  “We are hopeful the advisory committee will concur with the guidance emerging from recent studies and recommend that metal-on-metal hip implants, which have caused so much harm to our clients, no longer be used in patients.”

FDA Meeting Follows Prior Concerns About Metal Hip Replacement Problems

The FDA meeting is set to convene after mounting evidence concerning serious metal hip replacement problems.  Since the August 2010 DePuy ASR hip implant recall, a multitude of studies have raised issues questioning the safety of metal-on-metal hips.  On May 9, 2012, Health Canada, the Canadian national health regulatory agency, issued a warning for patients to be aware of metal hip replacement problems and adverse effects.  In February 2012, an investigation by the British Medical Journal advised that patients should be monitored annually for signs of metallosis, or metal poisoning, for as long as they had a metal hip implant.  On March 2012, a study published in The Lancet medical journal concluded that metal-on-metal hips should not be used at all due to serious issues with the safety of the implants.

Metal Hip Replacement Problems Lead To Mounting Litigation

Individuals who suffered from metal hip replacement problems are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively involved in the following MoM lawsuits:  In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  The firm is also investigating cases concerning another metal hip implant manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc.  Lawsuits involving this hip replacement were recently consolidated in In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2329”), which is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Those who have experienced metal-on-metal hip implant side effects may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.  Learn more about filing a hip replacement lawsuit by visiting our website,, or by watching this metal hip replacement video.

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