UK Tells Docs To Ditch Stryker-J&J Hip Replacements

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The U.K.'s medical device watchdog advised surgeons on Monday to stop using metal-on-metal total hip replacements constructed with certain parts made by Stryker Corp. and a Johnson & Johnson unit, saying their failure rate was too high.

The combination of Accolade femoral stems made by Stryker Orthopaedics and Mitch TRH cup/heads made by Finsbury Orthopaedics Ltd., which was purchased by J&J unit DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. in 2009, leads to more revision surgeries than other implants, according to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

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