Sunday, July 1, 2012

Smith & Nephew R3 recall - MHRA advisory

Here's a follow up of the Smith & Nephew R3 acetabular system that Gigamole had highlighted a while back. The UK regulators, MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) has now issued an advisory about the recall. Their advice is pretty similar to the FDA advisory for the DePuy ASR implant recall.

All patients, symptomatic or not, should undergo MRI or ultrasound scanning. They should be followed for the lifetime of the implant in the body. Blood levels should be checked for cobalt and chromium levels. If either scans are abnormal, or metal levels are rising, surgical revision should be considered.

HSA meanwhile is maintaining their wall of silence.

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