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Hips: Wright Medical gains some ground in patient lawsuits over Profemur hip implants

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 1:58pm
Mass Device

Orthopedic devices maker Wright Medical wins motions to dismiss some charges in a pair of patient injury lawsuits accusing the company of negligence in designing its Profemur hip implants.

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Wright Medical (NSDQ:WMGI) dodged most, but not all charges in a pair of lawsuits over its Profemur metal-on-metal hips after judges in separate cases ruled to dismiss some claims brought by patients with allegedly defective implants.

That may be good news for the company's Profemur line, which was recently revealed as the target of a subpoena.

In August the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee requested records relating to the suite of metal hip implants for a period of more than 10 years. The company said at the time that it was gathering the required data to satisfy the probe.

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