Stryker Corporation has brought an anti-trust case against rival orthopedic manufacturer Medtronic over potential patent infringement, despite both companies facing lawsuits for their faulty products. Stryker is facing multiple lawsuits alleging that its hip replacements caused injuries, while Medtronic is facing lawsuits alleging that its bone graft system caused injuries.
DePuy has waived its “walk-away rights” in a hip replacement settlement and will pay more than $2.5 billion to thousands of patients who were injured by DePuy ASR hip replacements. The decision to waive the rights means the company acknowledged that enough patients have agreed to the settlement.
Doctors have seen a rise in pseudotumors and complications from pseudotumors among patients who received faulty metal-on-metal hip replacements. The painful inflammatory lesions have been linked to the Wright Conserve Plus Total Hip Resurfacing System, along with other hip replacement side effects.