FDA Rule May Be Lose-Lose Scenario For Metal-Hip Makers

Law360, New York (January 17, 2013, 10:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed requiring the makers of metal-on-metal hip implants to prove the devices are safe in order to continue selling them, potentially putting companies in a tricky bind: pursue approval and risk disclosing deficiencies or exit the market and embolden plaintiffs in massive multidistrict litigation.

The hip implants have been under scrutiny for years because of widespread reports that they fail earlier than expected, necessitating revisionary surgery, and cause pain and the buildup of metallic debris in recipients' bodies....
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