DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall

Johnson & Johnson announces the recall and withdrawal of its DePuy ASR hip replacement system after reports indicate a high failure rate showing one in eight patients may need revision surgery within five years.

Background

DePuy Orthopaedics is recalling its ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The DePuy ASR is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system developed in 2005. Health care professionals have increasingly been warning about problems with metal-on-metal hip implants, which can shed metal particles into the body. The particles can damage soft tissue, cause inflammatory reactions and lead to bone loss.

The FDA indicated on July 17, 2010 that the actions of DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, in regards to its ASR hip implant were classified as a Class 2 medical implant recall. Specifically, the company’s notification to clinicians of new revision rate information regarding the use of the devices was cited as a reason for the DePuy ASR hip recall.

On March 6, 2010, DePuy sent a letter to doctors indicating that the ASR hip implant has been linked to a high failure rate. Many patients who received DePuy ASR hip replacements have experienced hip failures soon after the device was implanted, leading to additional hip surgeries.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one have experienced severe complications from a DePuy hip implant, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your potential legal claim. If you would like more information, or would just like to talk with a lawyer experienced in this litigation, please call us at 1.800.887.8029 for a free consultation or fill out a free case review form. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in handling defective medical device cases and we welcome any questions you may have.