The DePuy Hip implant injury law firm The Driscoll Firm, P.C., is currently litigating lawsuits throughout the United States on behalf of patients who received a DePuy brand hip implant.On August 24, 2010, Johnson & Johnson issued a worldwide recall of two of its artificial hip replacement products – the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – after studies showed that these devices have high failure rates. Both products are manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The ASR XL is a hip socket used in traditional total hip replacement surgeries. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System is used in partial hip replacement surgeries.
More recently, the FDA warned DePuy to immediately stop selling other artificial joint replacement products that have not been properly FDA-approved.
Defects in DePuy devices may cause serious side effects and injuries, including pain, infection, bone fracture, dislocation, metal debris, tissue damage and loss of mobility.
Some patients might require revision surgery.
If you or a loved one has had a DePuy hip implant and experienced painful side effects or injuries, contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C., at 314-932-3232 to find out if a DePuy Hip injury lawyer can help you. The consultation is free and confidential.
Recalls of DePuy Hip Products and FDA Warnings
The DePuy ASR recall came after reports indicated that one in eight patients implanted with the device would need a second surgery within five years. Even if revision surgery is not required, implant recipients might experience the following side effects:
- Tissue damage as a result of metal debris
- Pain and discomfort
- Dislocation of the device
- Damage or fracture to bone
- Difficulty walking.
Research suggests women might be more likely than men to suffer complications with ASR hip devices.
In 2011 the FDA issued two warning letters to DePuy. In one, the FDA asked the company to immediately stop selling its Corail Hip System because it lacked proper FDA approval.
In the other, the FDA identified the following DePuy replacement products as also lacking proper approval: PFC Sigma Knee System with titanium components and Global Advantage Shoulder System with titanium heads; PFC Sigma Knee System components, sizes 2.5, 7, and 8; PFC Sigma Knee System, 30 mm – 40 mm thick inserts; Agility Total Ankle Prosthesis talar components with stems 0.35 inches and longer; Agility Total Ankle Prosthesis talar stems that are round in cross-section and taper downward; Agility Total Ankle Prosthesis augments; Global humeral stems 18 mm in diameter; Global Humeral Stems shorter than 120 mm in length; TriFlange Acetabular Cups with outer diameters greater than 66 mm; TriFlange Acetabular Cups indicated for cemented use; Femoral heads that include a 14/16 taper; Femoral heads with offsets greater than +12; Acetabular hip system 14/16 taper adapters; and Adapters to Stryker hip components.
Contact a DePuy Hip Litigation Lawyer Today
The lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, LLC, are investigating national injury claims related to complications arising from the use of DePuy hip implants. If you or a loved one has had a DePuy hip implant and has experienced pain, swelling, bone or tissue damage, loss of mobility or have had to undergo revision surgery, phone 314-932-3232 today to speak to a DePuy hip litigation attorney about your case.
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, has represented clients injured by dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices for more than a decade. John J. Driscoll’s achievements have earned him acceptance into the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which limit memberships to lawyers who have won million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1 percent of American lawyers are members.
FDA warning letters