DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement Recall
On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced a worldwide recall of two hip implant systems – the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR™ XL Acetabular System is a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement. Whereas, the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System is a partial hip replacement system involving placement of a metal cap on the ball of the femur. DePuy estimated 93,000 total devices were implanted worldwide.
In March 2010, the New York Times reported the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received complaints regarding the high failure rates of the recalled devices for more than two years. In fact, since the beginning of 2008, the FDA reportedly received over 400 complaints involving United States patients. The FDA recently sent DePuy a warning letter concerning their knee and hip replacement devices, stating the company illegally marketed unapproved medical devices.
Regarding the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, data now reveals the five year revision rate is approximately 13 percent, while the five year revision rate for the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System is approximately 12 percent. These revision rates are across the entire size range of the devices. The risk for revision is reportedly the highest with ASR head sizes below 50 mm in diameter and among female patients. The ASR systems were under increasing scrutiny reportedly due to their metal-on-metal bearings which can generate debris from wear, in turn causing tissue damage and inflammation in some patients. In the fall of 2009, DePuy began “phasing out” the use of the ASR implant systems.
DePuy recommended patients implanted with the affected devices visit their doctors for an evaluation and monitoring. DePuy also said they would pay “reasonable and customary” medical costs associated with its recall, including further surgery. However, this is not nearly enough to cover the significant expenses, pain and continued suffering, patients experience. Patients will continue to suffer severe injury, disability, lost wages, physical and mental pain and suffering, and possible death as a result of the defective implants – not to mention the effects the patients’ spouses and families feel.
According to an Associated Press blog, this is the 11th recall issued by Johnson & Johnson since last September.
Contact an Experienced Medical Device Recall Attorney
Kershaw, Cook & Talley is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of patients affected by the hip replacement device recall. We are prepared to devote our substantial resources through trial. Our expert medical lawyers represented thousands of victims of defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, and consumer products in cases throughout the country, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients and the classes we represented.
If you, or a loved one, had hip replacement surgery, contact your doctor to find out if the ASR Hip System was used. It is important you do not sign anything from Johnson & Johnson or DePuy before speaking with a medical device recall attorney!
Symptoms of Hip Replacement Failure Include:
Prolonged Hip Replacement Problems that may Require Revision Surgery Include:
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