Zimmer Biomet Faces More Magnum Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Zimmer Biomet Magnum hip replacement

August 28, 2018. More lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer Biomet on behalf of patients who had to undergo a traumatic second revision surgery to remove the Biomet Magnum metal-on-metal hip implants.

Four patients, who experienced nearly identical reactions to the metal-on-metal hip implants, were poisoned by the release of toxic heavy metals from the hips. This destroyed the tissue and muscles around each patient’s hip joints and ate away at their bones.

Four cases recently filed in New Jersey are:

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Zimmer Biomet Avoided Safety Testing Magnum Hips

The design of the Magnum hip was based on similar metal-on-metal hip implants from the 1970’s that failed primarily because of metal poisoning. This medical device was brought to market without any testing to make sure it was safe using a loophole in the FDA’s approval process called the 510(k) process.

A recent documentary, The Bleeding Edge, has focused attention on the process for regulating the medical device industry, highlighting what was supposed to be an exception to the rule that has now basically become the standard process for approving medical devices.

Altom Maglio, lead attorney on these cases, was quoted as saying, “Zimmer Biomet turned tens of thousands of Americans into medical guinea pigs. They convinced surgeons to use the Magnum implants, even though the devices were never tested for safety.”

No Adequate Warning in the U.S.

The manufacturer of the device voluntarily issued a field safety corrective action notice warning European surgeons of problems with the device. The notice warned of a higher than expected revision rate based on data collected by the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Norther Ireland.

However, despite this, according to these recent four lawsuits, Zimmer Biomet never recalled the Magnum hip in the United States nor did they alert U.S. patients or orthopedic surgeons about these problems, hazard alerts and recalls overseas, such as:

  • In 2016, Biomet issued a “Field Safety Corrective Action” notice throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • In 2015, the Australian government recalled the device and issued a national “Hazard Alert” due to excessively high revision rates.
  • In 2013, a University hospital in Finland warned Biomet that over ½ of their hip implant patients experienced adverse reactions to metal debris from the device.
  • In 2010, a research hospital in the Netherlands warned Biomet that almost 1/3 of their patients had severe reactions to the Magnum hip.

Even though there are thousands of patients in the U.S. with the same device, Biomet has done nothing over the years to warn U.S. patients.

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