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Safety Information

Medsafe Online Recall Database

Detail of Recall

Type of Product:Device
Medsafe Reference:18345
Brand Name:S&N Birmingham Hip Modular Head, 36mm to 62mm
Model:Catalogue Numbers: 74222138, 74222140, 74222142, 74222144, 74222146, 74222148, 74222150, 74222152, 74222154, 74222156, 74222158, 74222160, 74222162
Affected:All lots
Software version:
Recalling Organisation:Smith & Nephew Surgical Ltd
Unit A 36 Hillside road
Wairau Valley
AUCKLAND 0760
Contact Information:0800 657 799
Manufacturer:Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Ltd
Issue:In October 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a Hazard Alert informing surgeons and hospitals that the BIRMINGHAM HIP™ Modular Head had been identified in the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry (NJRR) and the National Joint Registry of England and Wales (NJREW) as having a higher than expected revision rate when compared to all other total conventional hip replacements. In late 2014, Smith & Nephew became aware of new information relating to the performance of BHMH. Also, recent registry and clinical data has showed a decline in the performance of the BHMH.
Based on the analysis of this information, Smith & Nephew considers that patients implanted with the BHMH device may be at greater risk of revision surgery.
Recall action type:Alert
Recall action:Manufacturer to issue advice regarding use
Level of recall:Healthcare Professional
Date Commenced:16/4/2015
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