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FDA Issues Class II Recall of Zimmer Knee Implant

May 19, 2015  ·  By HM&M

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Zimmer voluntarily started recalling their Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee replacement system in March. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class II recall for all makes and sizes. Companies are responsible for providing product liability for any product they produce and sell.

The FDA Class II Recalls are an intermediate level of concern. There is no immediate danger of death or serious injury, but there is still a possibility if the product’s use is continued. There are also still health and safety concerns. The FDA works with the manufacturer to help patients affected by the product recall to ensure the product is taken off the market as soon as possible.

In the case of Zimmer, they started recalling their Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate system on their own, but not fast enough for the FDA. Complaints started increasing concerning implants loosening and causing complications. Over 11,500 devices are affected by the recall. The Persona system is not the first recall Zimmer has experienced. Two other products they have produced in the past have recently been recalled and taken off the market for similar complaints of the devices loosening. How can a company continue to be trusted to produce products if their products continue to be recalled for similar issues among different devices?

Patients affected by the recall may experience additional pain, complications with mobility due to the knee replacement loosing, and may have to undergo an additional surgery and recovery time. Undergoing additional surgery or recovery time means more time out of work or additional pain. This is not an acceptable experience for anyone. No one should have to go through an additional surgery or recovery time because a product fails.

While Zimmer issued a voluntary recall in March, having the FDA issue a Class II recall on all of the Zimmer Persona devices is serious. Patients should not have to go through a second surgery to correct a problem that could have been prevented. Patients who have had a Zimmer Persona knee replacement should contact an experienced product liability attorney that can explain the legal process and your right to compensation.

If you or a family member has experienced complications from a Zimmer Persona knee replacement, contact a Chicago product liability lawyer today. Our law office has received favorable verdicts for our clients and diligently work to get our clients the compensation and peace of mind they deserve.

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