A London-based establishment is now recalling its line of metal hip replacement liners because of poor overall performance, and because many recipients of the device required painful revision surgeries to correct. An optional metal liner for the R3 Acetabular System manufactured by Smith & Nephew PLC, the product was introduced in 2009 and has been implanted in nearly 8,000 patients. The company describes the recall as a precautionary measure, and said that patients implanted with the device who have not experienced problems do not need to have the liner recalled.
What’s the problem?
June 1, 2012 – The London company said that it was “not satisfied with the clinical results” of the liner, most of which were used in stemmed total hip replacements. Smith & Nephew reported $4.27 billion in revenue last year, with less than one percent of that revenue coming from procedures involving the R3 Acetabular System liner being recalled.