Wright Conserve Device History
Even though there are a large amount of lawsuits in the pipeline, Wright Technology has yet to issue a recall for the Wright Conserve Plus hip device.
501(k) Quickened Approval
Wright Medical Technology introduced its Conserve metal-on-metal hip implants to surgeons for distribution in 2006 after obtaining FDA approval through a quickened 510(k) approval process, through which they only had to show substantial similarity to a hip replacement device already on the market. Use of the 510(k) approval process allowed the company to avoid the more rigorous device testing demanded by the alternative Pre-Market Approval process.
False Marketing Claims
When Wright Medical first marketed and sold the Conserve device in 2006, the company failed to warn implanting surgeons and patients of these hazards, even though they were known to the medical device community at the time. Instead, Wright marketed the device towards younger and more active patients. They claimed that the hip device would preserve bone in younger patients, that it would wear less than metal-on-polyethylene devices previously distributed and that it would last for 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that Wright’s marketing claims were false and that the device has had an unusually high early failure rate due to metal ion wear and toxicity.
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Wright Conserve Lawsuit & Settlement
Following a nearly six-year litigious battle in both Georgia and California state courts, Pope McGlamry is pleased to announce a settlement program that will resolve all remaining eligible pending claims against Wright Medical regarding the Wright Conserve Hip Device. The Wright Conserve Settlement Program is expected to total $340 million after all the payouts.