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.
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