Stryker's Howmedica wins liability lawsuit over knee implant

May 13, 2010 by MassDevice staff

A federal judge in New York dismisses a product liability lawsuit against Stryker Corp.'s Howmedica subsidiary alleging that it made a defective knee implant that later had to be explanted.

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A federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit accusing Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics of manufacturing a defective knee implant.

Beverly Maxwell had a total knee replacement in June 2004, using Howmedica's Duracon Total Knee System. Maxwell developed an allergic reaction to the nickel contained in the Duracon device, which was replaced in August 2005 using a low-nickel Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) Genesis II implant.

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