Stryker Profits Fall 35% After Rejuvenate Hip Recall

July 23, 2013 — Stryker Corp., the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements has stated that their 2nd-quarter net earnings dropped 35% due to the recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, from $325 million last year to $213 million. The company faced an unexpected cost of $170 million associated with the recall.

 

According to executives, the cost included “$19 million for estimated settlement expectations for previously disclosed regulatory issues.” These settlement charges may be related to other devices Stryker recalled, including the Neptune Surgical Waste Removal Systems and the ShapeMatch Cutting Guides for Triathlon knee replacement surgery.

Stryker is facing a growing number of hip implant lawsuits involving the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II. On June 26, a woman from Tennessee filed a lawsuit alleging that the implants are defective and caused her to suffer from injuries and revision surgery.

According to the complaint, plaintiff was implanted with the Rejuvenate modular hip stem for about one year before it became defective. The “modular-neck” on the Rejuvenate is a metal-on-metal design that was recalled due to the potential for fretting and corrosion.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also issued several Safety Communications about potential side effects from defective metal hip implants. They recommend that patients with symptoms should have physical examinations, imaging tests, and blood tests to look for metal ions in their bloodstream.

Complications of a defective metal hip implant can include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Metal poisoning (metallosis)
  • Decreased walking ability
  • Hip dislocation
  • Device loosening
  • Bone fractures
  • Tissue damage or necrosis
  • Bone loss (osteolysis)
  • Abnormal noises in the hip
  • Need for revision surgery
  • And more

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