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April 4, 2012

UK regulator alerts surgeons over hip implant

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK has recommended that surgeons stop using a certain type of metal-on-metal hip implant due to a high failure rate.

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK has recommended that surgeons stop using a certain type of metal-on-metal hip implant due to a high failure rate.

The agency also requested the surgeons monitor the patients who have already had the implant.

The MITCH TRH hip is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, consisting of components that can be used in different combinations to carry out either hip resurfacing arthroplasty or total hip replacement.

There are around 270 people with this combination in England and Wales according to the National Joint Registry.

Patients with the MITCH TRH resurfacing implants are not affected by this latest notification.

MHRA clinical director Dr Susanne Ludgate said: "The majority of patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements have well functioning hips and are at a low risk of developing any serious problems.

"Patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements should already be regularly monitored by their clinician."

Product liability head of international law firm Eversheds, Richard Matthews reacted to the news.

"The alert, which is distributed to the NHS through the Department of Health online Central Alerting System, will clearly come as a blow to the two manufacturers affected and they will be concerned about the reputational impact," he said.

"Revision rates for this particular product were higher than advice from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence considers acceptable."

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