In 2009, Johnson & Johnson made the decision to phase out its DePuy ASR hip replacement just weeks after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to the company requesting additional safety information about the device. In the letter, the FDA told J&J that it had received multiple reports of “high concentration of metal ions” in ASR recipients. The DePuy hip was manufactured and implanted in patients between August 2005 through August 2010, when it was recalled nationwide.
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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March 22, 2012 - The FDA’s 2009 nonapprovable letter to DePuy stated that it was turning down the company’s application to sell its articular surface replacement (ASR) hip device in the United States. The letter’s main emphasis focused on problems with data submitted by DePuy to support its claim that the ASR was safe and effective. The FDA also requested additional safety information from the company if it wanted to continue to pursue its application.
It took more than a year for DePuy to recall the device after the FDA’s letter was submitted to the company. But in September 2009, just weeks after it received the letter, DePuy began implementing a strategy to phase out the ASR while selling their remaining stocks for use in patients in the United States and overseas.
To phase out the ASR, DePuy initiated a so-called ‘rationalization procedure’ to end the model’s production and sell off its existing inventory while urging doctors to switch to other hip replacement devices sold by the company.
DePuy publicly announced the rationalization plan in November 2009, initially setting a completion date of late 2010. But an internal e-mail indicates that the program would not end at a fixed date, but when the remainder of the hip implants ‘are depleted.’
In its eight years on the market, it has been estimated that approximately 93,000 patients were implanted with the DePuy ASR, about a third of whom underwent the procedure in this country.
In addition to being reported to fail at an alarmingly high rate, hundreds of ASR recipients have suffered severe injuries caused by particles of cobalt and chromium shed by the metal-on-metal implants.
“We are almost out of ASR, and the few doctors still using ASR are threatening to leave DePuy anyhow,” wrote a company executive in May 2010, nine months after the FDA’s letter. To date, thousands of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits have been filed in courthouses around the country, and many more are expected in the near future.
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