Two CerviCore Cases Brought Against Ohio Medical Device Manufacturer

Zoll & Kranz, LLC has an update involving CerviCore, a spinal implant. Plaintiffs allege the medical device sheds metal debris.

The law firm of Zoll & Kranz brought two additional cases involving the Stryker Spine medical device known as CerviCore. The latest cases were brought in the Court of Common Pleas in Lucas County and allege Stryker Spine subcontracted manufacturing of the devices to a Toledo-area company called Hammill Manufacturing.

Stryker Spine’s product known as CerviCore is a metal-on-metal, articulating spinal implant. Stryker Spine conducted a limited clinical trial of the device, implanting it in some 260 people. The product never gained full FDA approval, however, and Stryker Spine eventually withdrew its application to commercially market CerviCore and abandoned the study.

The two recently-filed cases allege Stryker Corporation and its subsidiary, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, which jointly do business as Stryker Spine injured the plaintiffs with their faulty device. The Complaints allege Stryker Spine delegated the manufacturing to Hammill in Toledo and that Hammill Manufacturing made mistakes in creating the devices.

The plaintiffs allege, however, that Stryker Spine never told any of the 260 people in the CerviCore clinical trial—the 260 people with the devices in their spines—that they knew manufacturing mistakes were made. 

In total, thirteen CerviCore cases have already been filed and are pending around the country. The cases all allege that Stryker Spine injured clinical trial participants by implanting a device that sheds metal debris. Patients have developed metal poisoning, metallosis, and other ailments. Every plaintiff alleges that Stryker Spine owed a duty to protect its clinical trial subjects when it found out the CerviCore devices were faulty and dangerous.

Source: Case No. G-4801-CI-201504798 and No. G-4801-CI-201504801

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