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PS. I have backlog of posts but have had family and health issues to cope with.

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SMITH & NEPHEW ACKNOWLEDGES GREATER RISK OF REVISION WITH BHR HIP IMPLANTS, LAWYERS REVEAL

New Warnings Issued On Revision Risks For Certain Patients

Specialist medical device lawyers have revealed their concerns after Smith & Nephew issued a notice updating the instructions for use (IFU) for its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System, with the manufacturer confirming specific types of patients are at a higher risk of revision.

The urgent field safety notice from Smith & Nephew revealed that female patients, men aged 65 or above and patients requiring an implant head size of less than 48mm are at a greater risk of requiring revision earlier than expected.

It has been confirmed that the IFU changes are applicable to specific catalog numbers of the BHR Resurfacing Head, BHR Acetabular Cup and the BHR Dysplasia Cup, with more detail being available on the Smith & Nephew website.

Following the notice, specialist product liability lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have called on healthcare providers to ensure that small BHR replacement implants are no longer used in patients at high risk.

The experts act for hundreds of people affected by issues with faulty metal-on-metal hip devices across the UK and Europe, including many affected by problems with the BHR implant with femoral head components 46mm or smaller.

Kevin Timms, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s London office who specialises in providing support to victims of faulty medical products, said: “The new guidance issued by Smith & Nephew is a welcome step towards preventing certain sub-groups of patients from being at an earlier-than-expected risk of revision.

“However, it also raises concerns regarding the number of patients who fall into those categories and may have already been fitted with the affected devices. As such, it is vital that the manufacturer works quickly to provide more information regarding the issues, as well as providing an explanation as to why a recall has still not been issued for small BHR implants and why the instructions for use were not updated in 2012 when a revision rate of 11.76% was confirmed in women with a 42mm femoral component. The delay is clearly unacceptable.

“An issue of this nature is just the latest in a long line to raise concerns regarding the safety of hip replacement devices and many patients will be concerned to see these further concerns being raised.

“Patients put great faith and trust in the fact that the devices they are being fitted with are safe for use and meet the required standards. An issue of this nature once again calls into question how specific devices are able to make it to market and whether the regulatory system in place is fit for purpose.

“Every effort must be made to always put patient safety first and it is clear that there are many questions to be answered regarding these issues.”

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About Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is over 100 years old and is one of the largest law firms in the UK. There are offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester (consulting office), London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and new offices in Cambridge and Southampton in 2014. Irwin Mitchell also completed the acquisition of Specialist Personal Injury firm MPH Solicitors in November 2013.

The firm is consistently involved in many of the most important personal legal services cases on behalf of its clients and the independent Legal 500 2013 UK report ranks Irwin Mitchell as number one for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Travel, Product Liability, Family, Court of Protection and the Public Law team’s education expertise. The firm also has over 65 lawyers personally recommended in the Chambers UK Guide 2014.

In 2012, Irwin Mitchell became one of the first companies to be approved as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), allowing us to plan for growth and take advantage of the opportunities created by the changing legal landscape.

Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP is a separate Scottish legal practice regulated by the Law Society of Scotland and has an office in Glasgow.

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