Smith & Nephew Issues Warning On Metal Hip Device

Law360, New York (September 26, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT) -- Smith & Nephew PLC has notified health care providers that one of its metal-on-metal hip implants is failing at a rate higher than a U.K. agency benchmark, marking the latest blow to a group of devices under heavy scrutiny from global regulators.

The U.K.-based company sent out urgent field safety notices Sept. 19 regarding its Birmingham Hip Modular Heads, issuing new instructions for their use. The devices are not approved for use in the U.S. in primary hip replacement procedures, according to Smith & Nephew....
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