On August 26, 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics announced that it was recalling two of its ASR hip implants: the ASR XL Acetabular System (an artificial hip) and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System (a partial hip replacement). These defective medical devices have already been implanted in approximately 93,000 patients worldwide.
Since the DePuy hip implant recall in August, J&J and other joint implant manufacturers have endorsed an effort to create a national registry for joint implants to track injuries, hoping to limit defective product injuries and exposure to defective product injury lawsuits in Alabama and nationwide.
Two Years of DePuy Hip Implant Complaints
Since 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already received about 400 complaints of early failure in DePuy’s ASR hip implants. Additionally, the agency regulating medical devices in Britain issued an advisory in March 2010 warning about metal debris from these implants, which have metal-on-metal bearings.
Despite these warnings and data showing that 12-13% of patients receiving DePuy ASR hip implants needed a second surgery within five years, DePuy waited until FDA warning letters in August forced them to recall the defective hip implants. This decision may potentially have created many cases of defect-related injuries that could have been prevented.
DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits
Because no reports have emerged indicating that medical malpractice was a factor in DePuy hip implant failures, the defective implants themselves are clearly the primary factor in the injuries. Already, patients who needed revision surgery to address their failed hip implant are bringing product liability lawsuits against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson.
If you have received a hip replacement since 2003, check with your surgeon to determine if you may have received a recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement device. If so, ask your surgeon to evaluate your hip’s condition and schedule annual monitoring to find and address any problems your implant creates. Any injuries that result from your hip implant may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit.
If you have needed additional surgery or suffered any defective medical device injuries because of a DePuy hip implant, the Mobile, Alabama product liability lawyers of Long & Long, P.C. can help you find out your legal options. Please call (251) 432-2277 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation.