Three of the main orthopedic manufacturers are based in the same small Indiana town, and all three have released defective hip replacement devices, according to the New York Times. Zimmer, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy branch and Biomet Inc. are all headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, which has a population of 14,000.
Due to the above-average price of hip replacements and location of big three manufacturers, some economists have compared Biomet and the others to a “cartel.” Biomet has recently come under fire for its M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement, which has a high rate of failure.
Patients have complained of M2a Magnum hip implant complications which could require revision surgery, such as hip pain, premature loosening of the hip, fretting and metallosis. Biomet faces M2a Magnum lawsuits alleging that the company released a defective device.