Lawsuits filed by patients who were implanted with a DePuy hip replacement device have alleged that the company knew about problems with its products more than two years before they were finally recalled. DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, recalled the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems in August 2010 after studies showed that they were more than twice as likely to fail than similar hip replacement implants.
Since 2008, the Food and Drug Administration received at least 400 reports of problems with DePuy hip replacement devices. Studies conducted in the U.K. showed that within five years of receiving the devices, 13% of patients with the acetabular system and 12% of patients with the resurfacing system required surgery to fix their devices. According to the company, only 5% of hip implants should need to be replaced within five years.
Despite warnings about the increased failure rate of DePuy’s hip systems, the company did not recall the hip implants in the U.S. until in August 2010. The Australian National Joint Replacement Registry had warned the company about problems with the two products beginning in 2007. The DePuy hip implants were eventually recalled in Australia in December 2009.
Some orthopedic experts believe that the U.S. DePuy recall was issued far too late, considering the increased rate of failure that had been observed with the devices. According to some of these specialists, DePuy’s hip implants may have been manufactured with a design flaw, making them difficult to correctly implant during surgery and, therefore, more prone to failure.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or ASR Resurfacing System and have suffered problems with the device, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can speak with one of our representatives by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the case evaluation form on the right of this page.