Johnson & Johnson’s profit has been hit hard by the staggering costs involved with its DePuy ASR hip replacement recall and litigation. To date, the company has paid a whopping $223 million in connection with the controversial devices, which have been the subject of more than 1,000 lawsuits nationwide. It has been estimated that Johnson & Johnson could have to shell out in excess of $1 billion in liability costs related to DePuy ASR hip litigation.
DePuy Hip Update 1/23/13: Newly disclosed court documents have revealed that a 2011 internal investigation conducted by Johnson & Johnson on its much-troubled DePuy ASR hip implant estimated that the device would fail within five years in nearly 40% of recipients. For reasons still unclear, the company failed to make this information public while simultaneously downplaying the potential health complications associated with its metal-on-metal hip. Click here to learn more.
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What’s the problem?
July 21, 2011 – According to its second-quarter earning report, Johnson & Johnson claimed a net income of just $2.8 billion, down from $3.5 billion a year ago. The dramatic loss of profit can be almost entirely attributed to its much-troubled line of DePuy ASR hip replacement systems, which were recalled last August after it was discovered that the devices were failing at an estimated 12% to 13% within five years. More recent estimates have suggested that the actual failure rate is much higher, and according to a report issued earlier this year, one group of surgeons indicated that approximately 50% of individuals implanted with the recalled devices may experience loosening within six years. It has been estimated that nearly 100,000 DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and Depuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems were implanted into patients before the products were recalled.
The majority if the complaints filed against Johnson & Johnson claim that the company failed to adequately research the DePuy ASR hip and warn the public about the risk of metal poisoning (metallosis) that can occur when the metal components rub against each other and shed cobalt and chromium particles. When these ions relocate, they can infiltrate organs, produce local irritation, and even create cysts.
In addition to metallic debris, the device design may also result in elevated friction between the femoral head and the acetabular cup, creating more initial friction during leg movement than other similar implants. The elevated friction is then transferred through the cup out of the junction between the acetabulum and the acetabular cup. This problem is of particular importance immediately after the surgery - the worst time to be experiencing unnecessary friction in the cup.
Johnson & Johnson also faces an increasing number of DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits claiming the device contains similar design defects that increase the risk of early loosening or failure. Unlike the DePuy ASR hip systems, however, the Pinnacle has yet to be recalled. Click here to read more about DePuy hip replacement devices from Schmidt & Clark LLP.
Have other hip replacement devices been found to be defective?
In addition to the DePuy products mentioned above, the following hip replacement devices have been found to be defective:
- Wright Profemur hip system – Problems with this type of implant could cause failure in a very short period of time. This may result in severe pain and the need for additional hip revision surgery.
- Zimmer Durom Cup – Multiple surgeons around the country have reported a higher than expected rate of failure and loosening of the Zimmer Durom Cup, often requiring painful secondary surgery. In 2008, Zimmer suspended sales of this device.
Do I have a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
The Product Liability and Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.