• MHRA, Researchers Warn of Metal-on-metal Hip Implant Risks

    In separate announcements, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and a group of researchers have both raised troubling new questions about the failure rates of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants and how regulatory authorities can best respond. In a statement released 25 June, MHRA said it was advising surgeons to refrain from using a metal-on-metal hip implant product manufactured by Smith & Nephew after being made aware of postmarketing surve...
  • BMJ: Patients in US, UK Unknowingly Exposed to Toxic Substances

    The fallout over metal-on-metal hips distributed in the US and UK continues as a new article in the British Medical Journal alleges that hundreds of thousands of patients have been exposed to toxic substances as a result of being implanted with the devices. "Despite the fact that these risks have been known and well documented for decades, patients have been kept in the dark about their participation in what has effectively been a large uncontrolled experiment," write...