Letters Metal-on-metal hip implants

Regulation is appropriate for this diverse range of products

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2126 (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2126
  1. Kent Woods, chief executive
  1. 1Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, London SW1W 9SZ, UK
  1. silke.thomson{at}mhra.gsi.gov.uk

The articles on metal-on-metal hip implants do not accurately describe the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s work, in collaboration with expert advisers and orthopaedic associations, in providing objective advice to clinicians on this topic.1

The MHRA was the first regulatory agency in the world to issue advice to clinicians about such implants. The MHRA did not issue “emergency guidance . . . …

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