Stryker Recall Undercuts Key Defense For Implant Makers

Law360, New York (July 10, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Stryker Corp.'s recall of two metal hip replacement components weakens device makers' argument that metal-on-metal implants are not inherently defective, attorneys say, because the body tissue injuries linked to the Stryker parts are the same as injuries linked to other implants targeted by litigation.

The company voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems and halted worldwide distribution of the products on Friday. The devices could fret or corrode, harming body tissue and causing pain or swelling, Stryker said.

Stryker joins other companies that have...
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