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Update: J&J Ordered to Pay $1 Billion in DePuy Hip Bellwether Trial
December 2, 2016 – A Texas jury has found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit liable for over $1.04 billion in a 6-plaintiff bellwether trial alleging injuries from its Pinnacle line of hip replacement devices. Following a two month trial that ended Wednesday, jurors deliberated for less than a day before finding that DePuy had negligently designed its Pinnacle hip, failed to warn surgeons about dangerous conditions associated with the implant, and concealed its risks from the public.
Attention DePuy Hip Implant Recipients: ASR devices found to be defective
Consumer Alert: Did you know that a large number of Johnson & Johnson’s Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip replacement devices have been failing after only a few years?
Many believe the medical implant system is to blame. Unlike new drugs – which have to be rigorously tested prior to being FDA approved – critical implants such as artificial hip devices may be sold without being tested, so long as the device resembles one that has already been approved. Why would such a loophole exist? Because it allows manufacturers to bundle a component from an unapproved implant into an existing design and sell it with little to no testing or clinical trials.
Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group Dr.Sidney M. Wolfe said, “You are basically testing these devices in an uncontrolled way on a large number of people.”
How many defective DePuy hip implants were implanted?
It is uncertain how many patients received an ASR because Johnson & Johnson does not track such implants. Officials estimate that approximately 30% of some 93,000 patients worldwide who received the ASR implant were in the United States. The ASR has a component called a ‘cup,’ which is the part of the joint that replaces a patient’s hip socket. It was that cup’s design that has proven to be faulty.
These fundamental problems with the device sometimes require extremely painful additional revision surgeries. In other patients, however, the damage to bone, muscles and nerves has left them permanently disabled. This kind of damage can make a replacement operation vastly more complicated if not impossible.
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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