MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Metal-on-metal hip implants complaints have skyrocketed in recent months, numbering more than 5,000 since January, which is more than for the past four years combined.
Hip replacements are one of the most common procedures in the U.S., and one estimate puts the number of patients with metal-on-metal implants at 500,000.
The high-profile recall of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’s metal-on-metal implant, which recently raised eyebrows over JNJ’s decision to outsource the recall, could cost $1 billion on its own.
The JNJ implant accounted for three-quarters of the FDA complaints, the New York Times reported. Other hip makers include Biomet Inc. and Zimmer Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ZMH), which were targets in a May FDA probe into the devices.*
The growing concern puts metal-on-metal hip replacement devices on track to be the biggest and most expensive medical implant quagmire since Medtronic recalled its Sprint Fidelis lead in 2007, according to the paper.
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