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DePuy continued to make and sell faulty metal hip implants for months before recall

DePuy Orthopedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson knew in 2008 its ASR metal hip implants were failing early at unusually high rates, but they continued to make the devices for several more months before finally recalling them in August 2010, newly released court documents show. The findings were contained in a number of pretrial depositions and internal company records unsealed before the scheduled start of the first trial over DePuy’s faulty implants on Friday. The case, which will be tried in California Superior Court in Los Angeles under Judge J. Stephen Czuleger. The trial will likely reveal a ... Read More

Court documents show DePuy knew nearly 40 percent of its hip implants failed within 5 years

Documents unsealed ahead of the first faulty hip implant lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics to go to trial show that company executives knew in 2011 that its ASR metal hip implants would fail in nearly 40 percent of patients within five years, but withheld that information. DePuy, a division of medical giant Johnson & Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems in August 2010 as evidence mounted that the hip devices, which consisted of a metal ball and metal cup, failed at unusually high rates. At the time of the recall, the devices ... Read More

FDA proposes new rules for metal-on-metal hip implant approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new regulatory rules that, if passed, will require orthopedic device manufacturers to test their all-metal hip replacement and resurfacing systems for safety and efficacy before approval. The proposed measures come in response to alarmingly high rates of failure and injury associated with metal-on-metal hip devices, such as the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems made by DePuy Orthopedics, which were recalled for safety concerns in August 2010 after being implanted in about 93,000 patients worldwide, including approximately 40,000 Americans. The FDA’s proposed order would require manufacturers to file a premarket ... Read More

New study underscores dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants

Just over a decade ago, when orthopedic device manufacturers began making hip implants with all metal parts, some researchers warned that the metal-on-metal designs could pose a health threat. They knew that all artificial hip implants, whether made of ceramic, plastic, metal, or a combination of materials, shed particles into the blood and tissue through normal wear and tear. But, according to a New York Times report, “those warnings were not heeded, and now doctors and patients face a growing public health problem as one of the country’s biggest medical device failures unfolds.” At the same time, there has been ... Read More

First hip-injury lawsuit against DePuy gets green light in Ireland

An Irish woman who had both of her hips replaced with DePuy hip implants filed what is expected to be the first of many lawsuits against the orthopedic device maker in Ireland. Irene Pierson alleges in her lawsuit that the DePuy hip implants were “not of merchantable quality, and have both commenced to malfunction,” Ireland’s Kildare Nationalist reported. Ms. Pierson had her right hip replaced with a DePuy implant in March 2007. She was fitted with a DePuy implant in her left hip in September 2008. Ireland’s High Court granted Ms. Pierson approval to serve the defendants she names in ... Read More

Woman injured by recalled metal hip implant hires attorney

Sally Gration was barely 50 in 2006 when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and underwent a hip replacement surgery. The surgery went well and Sally began looking forward to a life without pain and disability. Artificial hips can last 20 years or more before they need to be replaced. But four years after surgery, Sally began experiencing excruciating pain in her hip. Around that same time she received word from the hospital where she had the surgery that the metal-on-metal hip implant she received had been recalled by the manufacturer because of safety concerns and high failure rates. Before ... Read More

Dozens of UK citizens sue DePuy, others for failed metal hips

Dozens of metal-on-metal hip replacement patients in South Yorkshire, Great Britain, are seeking damages from the manufacturers of the hip devices, alleging injuries ranging from device failure to toxic metal poisoning. According to The Star, 34 patients in South Yorkshire are suing DePuy Orthopaedics, maker of the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing systems, which the company recalled in August 2010 after medical data indicated a staggering number of the devices failed prematurely. Since then, patients have reported myriad problems, including intense pain, dislocation, immobility, bone fracture, muscle and tissue decay, nausea, and other severe complications linked to hip devices ... Read More

Plaintiffs allege DePuy hip implants caused extensive bodily damage

Plaintiffs from four states filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, and related companies in a Madison County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court June 29, seeking damages from injuries allegedly caused by metal hip implants made by DePuy. According to the complaint, 21 plaintiffs from California, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri underwent hip replacement surgery, receiving DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants. However, the lawsuit alleges, instead of improving their lives, the devices malfunctioned and caused the plaintiffs to experience a spectrum of painful and crippling injuries, including bone and tissue loss, neurological injuries, cancer, liver and kidney damage, and other ... Read More

Smith & Nephew recalls 7,700 metal hip devices

In June, medical technology corporation Smith & Nephew announced it is recalling its R3 Acetabular System, an optional metal liner component usually used in conjunction with stemmed total hip implants. This latest recall adds to growing fears over the high rate of premature failure associated with artificial hip implants made with metal-on-metal components and the speed at which many of these devices were rushed to market. “We regularly review the effectiveness of our products and are not satisfied with the clinical results of this component,” Andy Weymann MD, Smith & Nephew’s Chief Medical Officer said in a statement about the ... Read More

New study sheds light on “genotoxic” damage rendered by metal hip implants

Researchers have a better understanding of why patients often suffer from inflammation and other long-term, chronic illnesses after being implanted with artificial hip devices made from all metal parts, such as the ASR hip implants recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics in August 2010. Researchers from Ohio State University and Imperial College London have combined high-resolution X-ray technology and electron microscopy to study the inflamed tissue surrounding the metal-on-metal hip devices implanted in patients. Their study, published in the journal Chemical Communications, found that inflammation occurs when Cobalt2+ ions are shed by the cobalt-chromium implants into the surrounding tissue. Previous studies have ... Read More