New Data Emerges On Design Flaw In J&J Hip Implant
According to internal documents, Johnson & Johnson executives knew of a critical design flaw in the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant years before it was recalled in 2010.
Houston, TX February 8, 2013 – According to internal documents, Johnson & Johnson executives knew of a critical design flaw in the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant years before it was recalled in 2010. The documents were disclosed during a trial related to the device’s high failure rate during the plaintiffs’ lawyers opening argument.
The ASR implant, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DuPuy Orthopaedics division, came on the market in the United States in 2005. Concerns about the device started shortly after, when surgeons started noticing that the implants were failing early. Despite the complaints, DePuy continued to push the sale of the unit. In 2007, the device failed an internal test comparing its performance to that of other hip implants. The ASR’s flaw was in the design of the cup component. The metal cup and ball rub together and corrode, causing metal shards to be released into the surrounding blood and tissue. This can often lead to dangerous, even fatal, side effects. Even with this data, the device was not recalled until 2010.
It is estimated that about 40% of patients who received the ASR implant will have the device fail within five years, eight times the failure rate of most hip implants. This failure rate is even higher than was suspected at the time the device was recalled. ASR implants were used on 93,000 patients worldwide with about 28,000 done in the United States. Around 10,000 lawsuits have already been filed against Johnson & Johnson for their defective hip implants.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC is currently accepting new clients who have been injured as a result of a DePuy hip implant. In many cases, those affected by these implants need painful revision surgery and even then, they may still experience pain and trouble walking.
By contacting an attorney at D. Miller & Associates, you will receive a free consultation to see if you can receive compensation for all of the medical costs and pain and suffering you have experienced from Johnson & Johnson’s defective devices.
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