Stryker Sued After Hip Implant Recalls
Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas is suing Stryker Corp. to cover the cost of patient counseling and revision surgeries from the company’s hip implant recalls.
Details of the Stryker Recall
Stryker Corporation manufactures medical devices and equipment. They recently recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants that have been used in over 100 countries throughout the world.
The company recalled their hip implants with concern that the devices may corrode around the neck junction. This can cause the patients pain, swelling, and unfavorable tissue reactions.
Stryker’s total sales in 2014 were $9.7 billion.
Overview of the Stryker Lawsuit
The hospital demands compensation from Stryker for their loss of revenue and profits and additional time demanded for patient counseling and revision surgeries.
The lawsuit was brought to an Arkansas state court on April 27th. Stryker signed a settlement for over $1 billion. This was to resolve thousands of product liability lawsuits, which Stryker agreed to pay $300,000 per implant.
Randy Coleman of BRMC claimed, “We are still in the research process. Right now, we just don’t know how many patients at BRMC were recipients of this device.” Coleman expressed that the Stryker lawsuit might just be the first one initiated by a hospital itself, striving to recover deficits from a recall.