Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Company Recalls DePuy ASR and ASR XL Hip Implant Devices
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In August 2010, Indiana-based DePuy Orthopaedics announced the worldwide recall of two hip implant devices that had been on the market for more than five years. The medical device company—a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson—has reported that approximately 93,000 DePuy devices were implanted. That number also included DePuy hip replacement patients in the United States.
Medical Journal Report Prompted World-Wide Recall
The DePuy hip recall included the company's ASR and ASR XL devices, and was prompted after the company reviewed a study published by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales (NJR). The NJR report indicated that patients had what they considered to be a “fairly high” rate of device failures. These failures would require DePuy hip implant patients to undergo replacement or revision surgeries much sooner than would be expected.
The DePuy hip implant recall was made after review of the NJR report of failure rates of 12-13 percent that were linked to a number of problems, including:
Company’s Patient Compensation Plans Prompts Critical Patient Rights Questions
As part of the company’s response to the worldwide recall, DePuy has issued statements indicating they would pay or reimburse patients for surgical and other medical costs associated with revision or replacement of the defective DePuy hip system devices.
However, an article published by an Irish news agency indicates that patients were allegedly asked to agree to a number of terms and conditions in order for their medical bills to be covered by the company. According to the news article, patients with the defective devices had been asked to agree to have the defective hip implant devices returned to DePuy after they were surgically removed. Patients were also allegedly asked to release medical records to the company. These alleged conditions may not only preclude Irish citizens from seeking legal recourse for their injuries, but may also have legal repercussions for Americans who received the defective metal-on-metal hip implant devices.
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