Metal Hip Implant Safety Studies Lacking, FDA Says

Law360, New York (June 25, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT) -- Recent data suggests that metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are likelier to fail than other hip replacement systems, but more information is needed about the specific safety risks of metal-on-metal implants, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report said Monday.

The report said that the rate of revision — or eventual surgical removal or replacement — for metal-on-metal hip systems "is likely not lower" than other systems. The report was released two days before the agency convenes an expert advisory panel meeting to receive scientific and clinical advice as it considers more rigorous testing and review requirements for metal-on-metal replacement systems....

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