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BBC investigation exposes dire threat posed by all-metal hip implants

A joint investigation led by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that DePuy Orthopaedics and other manufacturers of all-metal hip implants may have known about the serious risks these devices have posed for years but failed to remove them from the market. The investigative report comes as Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a new advisory to nearly 50,000 all-metal hip implant recipients in the U.K., urging them to undergo annual tests to check for possible complications arising from the risky devices. The advisory replaces a previous recommendation that ... Read More

Alabama couple sues DePuy over hip implant injuries

An Alabama couple has filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson, seeking damages for injuries, they allege, were caused by faulty ASR hip implants. According to Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, a Gaylesville, Ala., couple filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Rome, Ga., after one of them began to experience severe injuries and pain. As in many other lawsuits brought against DePuy over the faulty ASR hip implants, the couple claim that the ASR device failed after just a couple of years when it should have lasted at least 15. DePuy recalled its ASR XL ... Read More

DePuy hip implant patient tests positive for heavy metal toxicity, but says she feels fine

Australia’s Blacktown Sun has profiled another patient Down Under who received one of DePuy’s recalled ASR hip implants, but her story doesn’t exactly match the experience of many others whose struggles with the faulty medical devices have grabbed headlines around the world. The patient, a resident of New South Wales, told the Blacktown Sun that she had her DePuy hip device implanted in 2006, but has not experienced any outward physical reactions or health problems. She found out that her DePuy hip implant was potentially problematic only after her doctor informed her that the device was part of a global ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implant problems are gaining more media attention

Hip implants have helped renew the life and vitality of millions of Americans. But in the last decade, a new type of all-metal hip implant emerged on the market, offering patients better durability than the standard metal-on-plastic hip implant designs. Metal-on-metal hip implant designs, so called because the ball and cup of the device are both metallic, were a rising star in the orthopedic device industry. In fact, metal-on-metal implants accounted for about one third of the estimated 250,000 hip replacements made in the U.S. each year. But that trend nearly ground to a halt by the August 2010 recall ... Read More

U.K. registry finds increasingly higher failure rate for DePuy ASR hip implants

The National Joint Registry for England and Wales (NJR), the largest registry in the world to track orthopedic devices, has reported more bad news about metal-on-metal hip implants. The latest NJR report, released last week, spells trouble for recipients of many kinds of all-metal hips, but is especially ominous for patients who received one of the two DePuy ASR hip implants that the manufacturer recalled last August. According to the new report, metal-on-metal hip implants, which were intended to be more durable and longer lasting than traditional metal and plastic implants, are failing at increasingly higher rates. Failure rates are ... Read More

San Diego man sues DePuy, alleging hip implant poisoned him

A San Diego man who underwent revision surgery to replace the DePuy hip implant he originally received described the experience to San Diego’s 10News as “a nightmare.” The 62-year-old man said he also feels angry because he feels DePuy rushed the medical device to market without adequately testing it for safety. He is now joining dozens of other San Diego-area residents who seek damages from DePuy for the pain, illness, and other hardships they allege their DePuy hip implants caused. DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR hip devices a year ago after clinical trials found a high rate of failure for ... Read More

Texas teacher sues DePuy over harm caused by hip implant

A retired Texas school teacher and counselor has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, seeking compensation for debilitating injuries allegedly caused by her DePuy ASR hip implant. This newest lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western District, where Judge David Katz is presiding over multi-district litigation (MDL) involving DePuy’s recalled hip implants. The 67-year-old plaintiff underwent surgery in January 2009 to have a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip system implanted in her right hip. However, instead of improving her mobility and quality of ... Read More

Texas woman sues Depuy over defective double hip implants

A Texas woman who received hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics is suing the medical device manufacturer for damages she says she has experienced since undergoing hip implant surgery. The lawsuit, which was filed on July 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, alleges DePuy misrepresented its ASR XL Acetabular device and claims had the plaintiff known how faulty the hip implants were, she would not have the devices implanted. The plaintiff had the ASR XL Acetabular System implanted in her right hip in July 2009 and in her left hip about seven months later. Shortly after the ... Read More

Louisiana hip-implant lawsuit targets DePuy and its distributor

A Louisiana woman has filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against DePuy Orthopaedics, alleging her ASR artificial hip implant was defective and shouldn’t have been marketed by DePuy and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, nor distributed by Mark Starring & Associates – a Metairie, Louisiana-based medical supply distributor. According to the Louisiana Record, the plaintiff seeks damages for personal injuries caused by the faulty DePuy implant, which were severe enough to warrant having it removed in a second surgery and replaced with a different device. In addition to the pain and recovery the plaintiff endured, she ... Read More

U.K. DePuy hip patients deal with debilitating pain, long waiting lists

A lawyer representing some 300 recipients of DePuy artificial hips in the U.K. says that for her clients and many other patients throughout the country waiting to have the devices removed, “the damage has already been done.” Liverpool solicitor Lisa Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post that several of her clients have been so damaged by the recalled hip devices that they will likely never experience the quality of life that the DePuy implants once promised. “The large majority of my clients are really suffering terrible pain, some now have walking aids,” Ms. Lunt told the Liverpool Daily Post. “One ... Read More