DePuy Class Actions
Patients who have suffered problems with DePuy hip replacements have filed class action lawsuits against the device manufacturer. These lawsuits have alleged that DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, failed to properly test the DePuy hip implants before putting them on the market and failed to issue a prompt recall in the U.S. after learning about problems with the devices.
DePuy recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip implants in August 2010 due to an increased risk of repair surgery compared to that of other devices. More than 12% of DePuy hip implant patients require surgery within five years to repair the device—more than twice the rate of other hip replacement brands.
Plaintiffs in class action lawsuits against DePuy have alleged that the company knew about problems with these products well before they were pulled from sale in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration received at least 400 reports of hip replacement problems with DePuy implants in the two years before the recall was issued.
In 2007, the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry identified an increased risk of pain and other side effects with DePuy implants compared to that of other devices. Although Australian health officials tried to warn DePuy about problems with its hip replacement devices, the company waited three years before issuing a hip replacement recall in the U.S.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip replacement and have suffered pain or other problems with the device, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this page.