DePuy ASR hip implant withdrawn from market
DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, began phasing out its metal-on-metal ASR hip implant in December 2009, it said, due to poor sales. On March 6, 2010, the company sent a letter to doctors warning that this particular ASR model of DePuy hip implants appears to have a high early failure rate in some patients.
The letter said that data shows that the risk is highest for patients of small stature, a group that would typically include women, and patients with weak bones.
In some cases, the DePuy hip system implant had failed after just a few years. The Food and Drug Administration has received over 300 complaints from people who have been implanted with the ASR DePuy hip implant since 2008. Patients have come forward to complain of loose DePuy ASR Acetabular Cups, which required revision surgery. The ASR hip cup revision reports mention instances of loosening, pseudotumour and metallosis.
A recent article in the New York Times quotes Dr. Stephen Graves, the director of an implant database in Australia (the ASR has been implanted in patients worldwide), who said that the DePuy ASR hip implant had been failing early at a significantly higher rate than that of some of its competitors' hip implants.
Many people have been implanted with the DePuy ASR hip implant and experienced serious complications such as the need for replacement/revision surgeries. And now comes news of a confirmed DePuy hip recall on August 26, 2010.
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