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Jaw device patients sought

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Medic Alert Foundation's International Implant Registry (IIR) are seeking more than 26,000 patients implanted with faulty jaw devices.

The implants, manufactured by Texas-based Vitek Inc. and used for patients with TMJ dysfunction, may cause bone degeneration and severe pain. The Vitek Proplast temporomandibular joints were manufactured and distributed by Vitek from 1973 to 1990.

The manufacturer filed for bankruptcy in 1990 and no records are available on the exact number of devices implanted or the identification of patients who received them.

The FDA is asking that patients with the Vitek jaw devices notify the IIR so they may receive information packets and be registered and tracked in the event of any new developments about the implants. To notify the IIR, call (800) 554-JAWS.