FDA Issues Class I Recall for Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Implants

June 21, 2015

A Class I recall for the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology Femoral Stems and Necks has recently been issued by officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This recall is the most serious type of recall the FDA can issue, as it signifies that “there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

Why the Zimmer Hip Implants Have Been Recalled

Zimmer femoral hip implants have just been recalled by the FDA. Our Portland personal injury attorney takes a look at why and explains what you should know about this recall.

Zimmer femoral hip implants have just been recalled by the FDA. Our Portland personal injury attorney takes a look at why and explains what you should know about this recall.

The reason that the FDA is taking such aggressive action to take these devices off of the U.S. market is that they reportedly have higher than expected amounts of manufacturing residues left on them. According to Zimmer, it discovered this issue when a “process monitoring failure” came to light.

For people who have had these recalled devices implanted, they could develop serious health complications, which may include (but may not be limited to):

  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Infections
  • Severe hip pain
  • Death.

Those who develop such complications will likely need revision surgery to remove the implant.

Zimmer has reported that, to date, it has not received any reports that patients have been injured as a result of these recalled devices. Nevertheless, the FDA is encouraging physicians and the general public to report any problems they experience with these devices.

Zimmer Hip Implant Recall: Here’s What Else You Should Know

  • The recalled devices, which would have been implanted during a hip replacement surgery, may have been used in conjunction with other devices.
  • A complete list of the lot numbers impacted by this recall can be viewed here.
  • Distributors and hospitals were reportedly notified about this recall on May 18, 2015. These parties are reportedly quarantining and inventorying the recalled hip implants to prepare them to send back to Zimmer.

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