Each year, over 300,000 people will complete hip replacement surgeries in the United States. Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip implants have been marketed as a more durable and innovative alternative to their older counterparts. In recent years, there have been several discovered cases of MoM hip implants releasing metal shavings into the body resulting in metal poisoning. As a result, several manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants have agreed to pay out billions of dollars in settlements.
What is a Hip Implant?
M Due to hip related issues, over 300,000 people receive hip replacement surgeries in the United States each year. Of the recipients of hip implants, 90 percent of them are able to resume their normal activities within months or even weeks after the surgery. Hip replacements are made of three components: 1) A stem which is inserted into the femur, a ball that attaches to the top of the femur, and a cup that attaches to the pelvis.
Adverse Events for Hip Implants
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs in the United States, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers more than just medicines. For example, fluoride toothpaste, antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos and sunscreens are all considered drugs.
An adverse event is submitted to the FDA to report any undesirable experience associated with the use of a medical product in a patient. For drugs, this includes serious drug side effects, product use errors, product quality problems, and therapeutic failures for prescription or over-the-counter medicines and medicines administered to hospital patients or at outpatient infusion centers.
Regarding more information related to metal-on-metal hip implants, please check out this link to the FDA website.
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Hip Implant Lawsuits
Certain manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants have agreed to pay out billions of dollars in settlement to patients who have suffered as a result of these defective products in order to pay for the high costs of ongoing medical care and future surgeries resulting from this issue. If you or a loved one has suffered any of these side-effects related to metal-on-metal hip implants, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit or a class action lawsuit against these manufacturers.
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