Bernstein Liebhard LLP Supports European Parliament Resolution To Guard Against Dangerous Medical Devices Such As Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients with metal-on-metal hip implants, is pleased to report that on April 25, 2012, the European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee unanimously passed a resolution seeking to create a medical implant registry, which will allow health officials to implement measures to help track failure rates of dangerous medical devices, such as metal-on-metal hip implants. In addition to creating a medical implant registry, the resolution also contained recommendations to keep patients safe from dangerous medical devices, such as: vigilant monitoring, product traceability, and establishing a pre-market authorization system. The case of defective metal-on-metal hip implants and other dangerous medical devices “have shown a failure of the current system of certification of compliance . . . as well as of the controls of the notified bodies and their surveillance by national competent authorities,” the Members of European Parliament (“MEPs”) said.
“Similar criticisms can be made of the U.S. system for regulatory approval of certain medical devices,” said Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Felecia L. Stern. According to Stern, “Patients with implants should be entitled to information concerning the performance record of those implants. If there is a significant failure rate, as there was with the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants, that information must be made public—in real time. If this country implemented a medical implant registry it would go a long way in helping save patients from the disastrous effects of defective and dangerous medical devices.”
European Parliament Calls For Strong Measures To Avert Future Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Disasters
According to the resolution, European Union legislation to monitor dangerous medical devices will be revised this year. MEPs hope to improve the transparency and raise the criteria for checks, inspection, market surveillance and information sharing of adverse effects from dangerous medical devices. One aspect of the resolution aims to strengthen traceability and coordination of devices such as metal-on-metal hip implants, which will make it easier for patients and health care professionals to report adverse events. The resolution calls for a pre-market authorization system for dangerous medical devices to help patients be aware of the devices’ risks. The system will allow information to be exchanged so that it will be easier for patients to be notified of defects; it also includes a protocol for patients to obtain compensation if they are injured. Finally, the resolution suggests creating a single European database to bring together information about medical devices on the market, including device registration, surveillance, clinical investigations, notified bodies and EC certificates issued.
Dangerous Medical Devices Such as Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Lead to Litigation
Individuals who suffered from defective devices such as metal-on-metal hip implants are filing lawsuits against metal hip manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively involved in numerous litigations concerning metal-on-metal hip implants, including: 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-on-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 complications from metal-on-metal hip implants may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more about filing a metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit by visiting our website, www.consumerinjurylawyers.com, or by watching this video.
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