An association of attorneys that represent victims of personal injuries have grouped together to ask the Food and Drug Administration to be cautious and possibly amend a proposed change regarding the safety approval process of all-metal hip replacements. The concern is that the rule as it is currently proposed could possibly shift liability from the manufacturer’s of a certain type of all-metal hip replacements that have been linked to a great deal of problems.
According to Thomson Reuters, the type of hip replacements that have recently been causing problems are all-metal artificial hips, which were created because it was believed they would be more durable than those that included plastic or ceramic parts. However, recent studies have shown that the all-metal hips may shed bits of metal which can damage the person’s bone and soft tissue.
The proposed change in the safety approval procedure was brought up by the Federal Drug Administration in response to the growing problem, and would require that the manufacturers go through a more strenuous and extensive safety review process with their all-metal hip replacements. While initially this sounds like a great idea, because the metal hip replacements would have to be more thoroughly checked out before they become available to the public, there is a big concern that this new procedure will allow the manufacturers to shield themselves from liability in personal injury lawsuits that involve their products.