The Firm is no longer accepting Zimmer Durom (loose cup) related claims.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Defects a Cause for Concern
Multinational orthopedic device manufacturer Zimmer, Inc. issued a voluntary suspension of sales of its Durom Hip Replacement Acetabular Components following reports of a high rate of failure. Introduced in 2006, the Zimmer Durom Cup has been surgically implanted in approximately 12,000 patients in the United States alone. The suspension follows controversy between Zimmer representatives and orthopedic surgeons regarding the breadth and source of the problem.
The Zimmer Durom Cup was designed as a long-lasting (15 to 20 years) alternative to conventional hip prostheses, making it ideal for younger, active patients requiring an orthopedic implant. Cup failure was, however, not part of this design. Patients implanted with a defective cup require an additional surgery that can be extremely painful.
Sales of Zimmer Durom Cup Suspended Amidst Controversy
Sales of the Zimmer Durom Cup were suspended following questions raised by respected orthopedic surgeon and Zimmer consultant Dr. Larry Dorr. Concerned by a high rate of implant loosening and failure, Dr. Dorr took his concerns to Zimmer. His concerns were not taken seriously, with Zimmer representatives claiming that surgical error was more likely the issue than product defect.
Unsatisfied with Zimmer’s position, Dr. Dorr took his case to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, where it was met by other orthopedic surgeons experiencing the same problems. Zimmer finally relented and began an investigation into the problem. It was determined that the failure rate was higher than expected, leading Zimmer to issue a voluntary suspension of Durom Cup sales in July 2008 pending further evaluation.
Zimmer Representatives Say Suspension “Not a Recall”?
Although the suspension of the Zimmer Durom Cup has been viewed by many as a voluntary recall of the product, Zimmer representatives have been quick to dispel such a label. Zimmer maintains that the suspension does not technically fall into the category of a recall. Rather, the suspension has been issued in order to continue the investigation and update warning labels.
A number of lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer claiming that the suspension of sales did not come soon enough, leading to an increased number of people being implanted with defective cups. Experts are calling for the establishment of a joint implant registry in the United States like the databases used in Australia and Britain to track artificial joint components. The argument has been made that such a registry could have caught the Zimmer Durom Cup problem earlier, essentially safeguarding hundreds of people who were otherwise implanted with the potentially defective cups.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective Zimmer Durom cup hip implant, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Medical device manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products before marketing them for use. Failure to do so or failure to make consumers aware of any potential problems may be grounds for personal injury litigation.
The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Contact the lawyers of AWKO Law today at (888) 255 2956 to get more information about your rights as a Zimmer Durom cup hip implant injury victim.