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DePuy Hip Implants Recalled Due to High Failure Rate
On August 26, 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s medical device product unit DePuy Orthopaedics announced a global recall of two of the company’s hip implant devices: the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System.
The company recalled the implants because they were failing at an alarming rate. The “metal-on-metal” composition of these implants could release particles into the patient, potentially causing serious and painful reactions – sometimes requiring surgery to remove and replace the hip implant.
DePuy Hip Problems Were Known for Years
DePuy ASR hips have been implanted since 2005 in the United States. Unfortunately, an extraordinarily high percentage of people who got these hip replacements experienced implant loosening and pain.
Before the DePuy recall, independent experts reported the design flaws in the medical device. In addition, complaints to the FDA confirmed the design issues with the DePuy ASR hip replacements. Even the company admitted that it was withdrawing the ASR hip implants because data showed that these devices had to be replaced at a rate more than twice the industry average.
Despite the high failure rate, the company did not recall the products until approximately 93,000 patients throughout the world received the implants.
Injuries Caused by Defective ASR and ASR XL Hip Implants
Patients who got DePuy hip implants are endangered by the fact that these medical devices may release high levels of metal ions, causing tissue damage, pseudotumors and osteolysis. In some cases, these individuals may need to undergo another major surgery to remove the defective implant and replace it with a safer implant.
Protect Your Legal Rights
At The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, we believe that the manufacturer of DePuy hip implants should be held legally responsible, and compensate victims injured by this defective medical device.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip implant, we want to help protect your legal rights. That is why we are offering a free confidential legal consultation about your potential claim.
There is no charge for this consultation and no obligation to use our services. There is no attorney fee unless you get financial compensation from your legal claim.
The information that you share with us is strictly confidential. We only use this information to determine the potential for legal action on your behalf.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have a personal injury claim resulting from the DePuy hip implant, you can contact us in one of two ways:
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