Following a full recall of both the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, hundreds of the recipients of these defective hip implant devices have filed lawsuits against the makers of these devices, DePuy Orthopaedics. Owned by Johnson & Johnson since 1998, DePuy designs as well as markets various products for the repair and rebuilding damaged joints. However, according to the National Joint Registry, all of the DePuy ASR hip implant systems that have been sold since the year 2003 show high failure rates. A hip implant is usually designed to last at least fifteen years, but many DePuy products fail within only a few years. With over 7,500 FDA complaints, the ASR systems account for ¾ of all hip replacement complaints. As a result, all of these devices were recalled worldwide on August 24, 2010. For those who received a defective hip implant, this recall is too little too late, and the real physical damage has been done.
In August of 2010, the United States Food and Drug administration sent a warning letter to Johnson & Johnson owned Depuy Orthopaedics regarding its illegal marketing of its Corail Hip System. According to the letter, Depuy’s marketing of this hip implant device was done without the necessary marketing clearance or endorsement and was thus in infringement of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act. This legislation, passed in 1983, gives the FDA the authority to supervise the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics. The FDA Warning letter stated that DePuy made certain claims about its Corail Hip System that were not in accordance with the premarketing approval. As a result, the FDA demanded that DePuy immediately stop marketing the hip implant for these unapproved treatments and uses.
Upon receiving the FDA warning letter, DePuy recalled two other hip replacement products: the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. These hip implants were recalled due to the fact that these devices demonstrated significantly higher rates of replacement after the initial operation. According to the data, 1/8 of patients using these Depuy hip implants needed additional surgery due to an improper fit of the device. When a hip implant fits improperly, the patient experiences pain as well as trouble walking. Sometimes, the effects of a defective hip implant result in inflammation, rashes, and agonizing pain. Other implants can end up crippling their recipients.
If you or a loved one received treatment with a DePuy hip implant, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm today, and we will evaluate your claim free of cost and free of obligation. Mr. Willis has over 25 years of legal experience as well as the highest peer review rating. Although located in Houston, the Willis Law Firm is currently accepting DePuy Hip Implant cases nationwide; all hip implant lawsuits are taken on a contingency fee basis.