Is the FDA to Blame for Your Bad Hip?

Lawsuits are a way of life for any health-care company, a reality that's particularly evident in the medical-devices sector. For an example, you don't need to look any further than the orthopedic segment of the industry, which has been plagued in recent years by recalls of metal hip replacement components. From Zimmer's (NYSE: ZMH  ) recall of it's Durom Cup in 2008 to last year's announcements from Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN  ) and Stryker (NYSE: SYK  ) , it seems as if none of these companies was able to create technology that actually worked for patients.

But how can this be? Isn't the FDA supposed to make sure this type of thing doesn't happen? In the following video, Brenton Flynn walks through recent news from the highest-profile recall of them all, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  ) , and explains a key reason we've so many faulty hips implanted in patients over the years.

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  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2013, at 10:36 AM, jjjdepuy wrote:

    Many misinformed statements made in this video. For example, J&J didn't "pay" 8.3m - that was the judgment which will be appealed and will be settled for a much lower amount if not completely set aside. Also, FDA approval process for metal hips was not based on hips marketed before 1976 but rather based on a competitor’s product that did go through a rigorous PMA process. A majority of the people who have metal hips not only are problem free but they have improved the quality of their life tremendously. Yes, some have had problems, but it is disingenuous to suggest that “all” metal hips are bad.

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