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Don't Get Left Holding The Bag - US Drug Watchdog Believes MRI a Necessity For All-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

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An MRI can help detect premature failure of all-metal hip implant before symptoms appear

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Drug Watchdog is expressing deep concern for recipients of an all-metal hip implant, and premature failures that could cause additional medical issues such as matallosis. The US Drug Watchdog is urging recipients of any type of all-metal hip implant to call them at 866-714-6466 so they can explain everything they know about an MRI, or other testing, for a premature failure for a individual with a cobalt and chromium hip implant device. http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

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The US Drug Watchdog says, "We do not want any recipient of an all-metal hip implant to get left behind with no settlement if their all-metal hip implant has prematurely failed, so we are urging recipients of any type of all-metal hip implant we have listed to call us, so we can carefully explain why we are so passionate about all individuals who now have a cobalt and chromium hip to get an MRI for conclusive proof of the condition of their hip implant. According to Science Daily, if there is tissue inflammation in the area of the stem, or the ball, and cup of the hip implant it is a very good indication of a premature failure." For more information recipients of an all-metal hip implant are urged to call the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466. http://USDrugWatchdog.com

So why is the US Drug Watchdog urging recipients of an all-metal hip implant to get a MRI?

Metal-on-metal hip implants can cause inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis) long before symptoms appear, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify this inflammation, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, demonstrates that MRI can be used to identify implants that are going to fail before people become symptomatic.www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130515151436.htm

Updates on litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants manufacturers that are being sued for premature failures from the US Drug Watchdog:

* DePuy Pinnacle Case Number U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas MDL#2244. Legal sources are now telling the US Drug Watchdog that in order to be compensated for a DePuy Pinnacle all metal hip implant a failure must have occurred that required revision surgery, or a medical doctor now must be recommending revision surgery because the device has failed, or because metallosis has been diagnosed.

* Stryker Rejuvenate Modular & ABG II-recalled June 2012.  

* Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Case No.3:12-cv-3476) filed on July 2nd 2012. The US Drug Watchdog says, "For some recipients of the Biomet M2A, and M2 Magnum there may be a looming statute of limitations issue of April 15th 2014 to get identified by the court if your hip implant has failed. Please call us for more information."  

* Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The US Drug Watchdog says, "If you have a friend, or loved one who is a recipient of a metal-on-metal hip implant that has already failed, or is showing symptoms of a failure, or if a recipient is concerned about a premature failure, please call us anytime at 866-714-6466. We want to make certain all-metal hip implant recipients get meaningful help, and assistance." http://USDrugWatchdog.com

Media Contact: M. Thomas Martin, 866-714-6466

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