Johnson & Johnson Will No Longer Sell Metal On Metal Hip Replacements

Johnson & Johnson Will No Longer Sell Metal On Metal Hip Replacements

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 17-May-2013

Metal-on-Metal and Ceramic-on-Metal hip implants

Sales for Metal-on-Metal and Ceramic-on-Metal hip implants plunged in 2012.

The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company, is going to stop selling metal liners in the Ultramet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and the Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular Hip System after August 31st.

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit is following suite; “We won’t have any metal-on-metal or ceramic-on-metal hips any longer. We’ve seen, for example, a 90 percent decline in metal-on-metal sales industrywide in the U.S. and Europe since 2007. There’s really not a viable market for these bearing combinations anymore.” said Mindy Tinsley, a spokeswoman for J&J’s DePuy unit. “The decision to stop selling the products was unrelated to the 2010 recall of J&J’s ASR metal-on-metal hips.” said Tinsley.

“DePuy made the decision to discontinue these products because of low clinician use of Ultramet and Complete, the availability of other options that meet the clinical needs of patients and proposed changes in FDA regulations of the entire class of metal-on-metal products, which includes Ultramet.” the company said.

However, J&J is still going to market their Pinnacle Acetabular Cup system, and a wide range of liners and cups that are made with ceramic and medical-grade plastic.

To read the full report from Bloomberg click here.

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