Medical device maker Stryker said last week that it will voluntarily recall the hip implant surgery products Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups.
This recall follows a warning from the FDA to fix a host of long-standing problems, primarily failing to function and poor fixation with its hip implant components and in its manufacturing of hip replacement parts. These defective Stryker products have led to many complaints and forced some artificial hip implant patients to have additional surgeries. In fact, the FDA told Stryker that it knew that Stryker had received complaints about the improper fitting of hip implants that caused bone fractures in some patients three years ago.
The FDA investigation named the following Stryker products for containing manufacturing defects that are potentially harmful to hip and joint replacement patients:
• Hip Implants with ceramic components
• Solar Plasma Purefix HA Shoulder Stems
• Trident PSL Acetabular Shells
• Duracon Total Knee Modular Femoral Component
• Global Modular Hip Stems
• Trident PSL HA Solid Black 52 MM
• ReUnion Plasma Spray Humeral Stem
• Trident Hemispherical Cluster 50 MM
Almost all products liability cases against medical device manufacturers are design defect cases. In these Stryker Trident hip implant defects cases, the negligence appears to be in the manufacturing process rather than a problem associated with the way they originally designed the products.
It appears hard to argue that Stryker, a Michigan based company that before this news came out was having a great profitability run, has done something wrong here. In the FDA’s letter stemming from its inspection of Stryker’s Mahwah, New Jersey manufacturing plant, complaints were that Stryker failed to correct their manufacturing procedures that led to complaints about their hip replacement products. It says one thing about Stryker when the FDA notes manufacturing deficiencies. It says quite another thing about Stryker when they cannot fix the defects that have been previously brought to their attention.
A lot of lawyers will look at these cases closely to see whether there are enough injuries for a class action lawsuit against Stryker for these defective hip replacement products. Whether class litigation will be viable will depend on the number of reported injuries and the severity of those injuries.
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