Study Results: Generic Orthopaedic Implants Clinically Equivalent, Provide High Value

By Julie A. Vetalice

Independent study results indicate comparable clinical outcomes with the use of generic vs. conventional orthopaedic trauma implants, with savings averaging US $1,197 per case. Generic implants were provided by The Orthopaedic Implant Company (OIC).

“The Clinical and Economic Impact of Generic Locking Plate Utilization at a Level II trauma Center,” published in the Journal of Orthopaedic trauma, examines performance of a hospital cost containment program using pre-contoured, anatomic and variable-angle locking plates indicated for small fragment fractures of the clavicle, radius, humerus, tibia and fibula. Half of the 828 patients received conventional implants.

Conclusions found clinical outcomes to be comparable and savings averaged $1,197 per case, or $458,080 collectively.

OIC’s implants have application in the treatment of orthopaedic trauma and spinal injuries; products include an antegrade/retrograde intramedullary femur nail, IM hip nail, various anatomic lower extremity plates,  a proximal humerus plate, distal radius plate, pedicle screw, etc.

Sources: The Orthopaedic Implant Company; Journal of Orthopaedic trauma; ORTHOWORLD Inc.

Product Labels: Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity

Tags: Trial/Study