Posted below is a copy of the suggested ASR™ Hip Implant Recall Letter for surgeons to send to their patients from the DePuy Division of Johnson & Johnson:
August xx, 2010
I am writing to share important information about your hip replacement implant, the DePuy ASR Hip System. A small number of patients with the hip implant you received have experienced problems that require additional care and potentially further treatment. For this reason, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the maker of your hip, has advised me that they are recalling the ASR Hip System and recommending that patients be evaluated.
Please call my office to schedule an appointment for the evaluation of your hip. During that appointment, I would like to discuss with you any symptoms/problems you are having, additionaI testing that has been recommended and the best plan for ongoing testing and treatment for you. DePuy will pay for the examination and any medical follow up as described in the attached DePuy ASR™ Hip Implant Recall – Information for Patients Sheet.
The Information for Patients Sheet, provided by DePuy, will help to address any questions you may have about your hip implant, the reason it is being recalled and what you need to do. If you have any questions regarding the performance of your hip implant, please contact my office. If you have questions about payment for treatment, please contact DePuy using the phone number included in the Information for Patients Sheet.
Also included with this letter is a Medical Release Form. Your completion of this form allows me to share information regarding your hip with DePuy. It is important to share this information with DePuy so that DePuy may contact you directly regarding any additional information regarding the ASR Hip System and process your claims efficiently. Please complete the form and bring it with you to your next appointment.
Once again, please contact my office as soon as possible to set up a follow up appointment so that I may address your concerns and discuss the best treatment options for you.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a DePuy Orthopaedics – Johnson & Johnson hip replacement implant product, talk to a DePuy Hip Implant Attorney at the Willis Law Firm for legal advice about a potential DePuy hip replacement lawsuit. Please fill out the Free Case Evaluation at the right or call us toll-free at 1-800-883-9858.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are required to have a revision replacement surgery to remove and replace a faulty DePuy Hip Implant, notify your doctors that you want the hip implant to be preserved as evidence and NOT shipped or returned to the manufacturer, as it is critical evidence in a potential product liability lawsuit against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson.