After receiving hundreds of complaints about the product, Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics finally recalled its ASR™ hip replacements.
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?
For years, DePuy has been blaming the doctors who use their products for the ever-growing failure rate. Rather than admit that a defect exists, DePuy’s spokesperson has told newspapers that failures can be attributed to doctors not following directions. Even as recently as August 16th, 2010, DePuy continued to blame patients, claiming they were “careless and at fault,” and that the victims of the ASR hip failure “conducted themselves so as to contribute substantially to their own injuries and damages.”
On August 26, 2010, after selling 93,000 of the defective products, DePuy finally released information showing that 13 percent of patients with the ASR hip implant have had to have the implant removed due to a failure. Based on this data, DePuy escalated its recall of the ASR hip implants and told hospitals and doctors to immediately stop implanting the devices and to return them to the company.
The 13 percent failure rate is likely to grow significantly over time, subjecting thousands of patients to an additional surgery to remove and replace the defective hip implant. DePuy says that 93,000 ASR hips have been implanted in patients, which means that at least 12,000 patients will have to undergo a painful, risky, and complex surgery to remove the defective part.
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