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Flurry of lawsuits surround defective hip implants

“There’s never been a completely pain-free day,” Lance Corporal Cody Perkins told MSN Monday. “It’s always uncomfortable.” The pain Perkins speaks about is not his original injury –  a fractured thigh bone he suffered after he was ejected from his unit’s Humvee when it hit a roadside bomb. For that, he required emergency surgery in Iraq and a follow up surgery in the United States to implant screws to fuse the broken bone. When that surgery failed, doctors said the only thing that could get Perkins up and moving again was to undergo artificial hip replacement surgery. And that, he ... Read More

DePuy hip implants never went through clinical safety trials

Clayton Blosser of Newport News admits he was shaken when he received a letter saying the artificial hip implant he received in 2006 was being recalled by the manufacturer. “I thought, ‘You can recall my car, my GPS, my TV, but you can’t call my hip back. Come on!’” he told HamptonRoads.com. “I had to read it three times before I realized they were serious.” But he was even more shocked to learn that the metal-on-metal device surgically implanted in his body was never tested in clinical trials. The implant had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

DePuy refuses to compensate faulty hip implant victims for pain, suffering

About 500 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics, the makers of the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Plaintiffs claim the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary knew its artificial hip was defective and was failing at a higher than expected rate just months or a few years after surgery, yet DePuy continued to market it to physicians. In response to a federal lawsuit filed in January in the Northern District of Ohio, DePuy denied its devices were defective or dangerous and denied making any false representations. They also said patients who had had to undergo revision surgery to have their implants ... Read More

U.K. surgeons: 49% of DePuy hip implants fail after 6 years

New medical data from the U.K. indicate that DePuy hip implants fail at a rate four times greater than the manufacturer said when it recalled the devices last August, according to the British Orthopaedic Assocation and the British Hip Society. When DePuy Orthopaedics, a part of Johnson and Johnson’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics group, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System, it cited data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales saying 13 percent of ASR XL devices implanted in patients failed within 5 years. Now, more reliable data collected from four surgeons indicates the failure rate for the ... Read More

AAOS supports FDA’s public health notice on metal-on-metal hip implants

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a public health communication informing doctors and their patients who need total hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery to understand the risks and benefits of metal-on-metal implants. The metal-on-metal hip implant involves the “ball and socket” of the device and both are made from metal. The site explains that these implants differ from other implants and as a result carry different risks and benefits than traditional ceramic implants. The notice was applauded by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), which called the site a “thorough and well-considered look at the ... Read More

Tennessee woman joins lawsuit against makers of artificial hip

A Tennessee woman has joined the fight against the manufacturer of her artificial hip. Kathern Hensley of Spring City, Tenn., filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., alleging that the metal-on-metal hip replacement implant she received was defective and caused her constant pain. “It has made it very difficult to walk,” she said. Hensley is one of hundreds of artificial hip recipients who are filing lawsuits against DePuy because they have experienced problems with the company’s ASR hip replacement systems. The devices have been on the market since the mid-2000s. A recent review of complaints on the DePuy system showed ... Read More

DePuy President resigns amid mounting hip-implant lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has announced the resignation of DePuy Orthopaedics president David Floyd, who led the hip-implant manufacturing operation since 2007. DePuy has been grappling with recalls and lawsuits over it ASR XL Acetabular hip implant system and ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which have been implanted in about 40,000 Americans and an additional 53,000 patients worldwide. Johnson & Johnson says that Mr. Floyd is leaving “to pursue other interests outside the company,” but the timing of his departure, effective at the end of March, suggests Johnson & Johnson is seeking new leadership for DePuy as lawsuits against the companies mount. ... Read More

Australian teacher leads class-action lawsuit against DePuy

A class action lawsuit against DePuy Orthopedics has been filed in Australia, led by Tammy Stanford, a 40-year-old teacher and mother of two who says the DePuy implants she received in 2005 have so debilitated her, she can no longer work in the classroom. Now, instead of experiencing the enhanced quality of life that the implants offered, she relies on crutches to walk and pain medication to make it through the day. The Australian Orthopaedic Association’s joint replacement registry shows that up until 2009, more than 5,000 Australians received DePuy’s defective prosthetic hips and will need to have them replaced. ... Read More

Australian woman sues DePuy for faulty hip implant

When Australian Tammy Stanford received an artificial hip in 2005 at the young age of 35, it was to relieve pain and restore mobility. Instead, her hip implant left her in more pain and has completely diminished her quality of life. She now relies on crutches and pain medication to get her around. The problem with Tammy’s artificial hip is not uncommon. In fact, such a large number of people had complained about their artificial hips that researchers began to see a trend. A special type of metal-on-metal hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics was failing at an unexpectedly high rate ... Read More

California man sues DePuy after two failed hip implants

A California man’s hopes to live a better life turned to hardship and agony after he was implanted with DePuy replacement hips, and now he is taking the device’s manufacturer, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. to court. The patient received a total hip replacement in June 2007, using DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System. That device is one of the artificial hip systems recalled last August by DePuy, a subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson, for defects that very frequently lead to early failure and metal poisoning. Months after the original surgery, the Calfornia man’s hip implant came loose from his pelvis, causing ... Read More