For some individuals, as they age, surgical joint replacement procedures become necessary.
In response to this anticipated demand, DePuy® Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, developed the DePuy® ASR XL Acetabular System for hip replacements in 2005. DePuy® correctly anticipated the demand for prosthetic hips. As a result, more than 93,000 patients have had these products implanted since their introduction.
Unfortunately, in its rush to market, Johnson & Johnson was able to convince the FDA to grant special clearance to sell these systems without first conducting clinical trials which normally test the safety of such products. Within three years, the FDA began receiving numerous complaints regarding the ASR System. Based on pressure from the FDA, and due to the extraordinarily high failure rate of the DePuy® ASR XL Systems, DePuy® “voluntarily” withdrew the product from the market in August 2010.
Numerous complications have been accredited to this defective system. Some include: component loosening, component misalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity, increased metal ion levels in the blood (metallosis), bone staining, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage, muscle damage and/or death. Although DePuy® offered surgery to replace these defective devices, such revision surgery does not address the substantial residual problems associated with DePuy's® Systems. In addition to this, it ignores the substantial elements of damages to which injured patients or their families may be entitled to, and which may exceed the costs associated with revision surgery.
Because of the mounting legal pressure against DePuy®, and the parent company Johnson & Johnson, the companies have agreed to enter a global settlement that will begin to help the thousands of people who were impacted by these poorly designed products. This settlement is complex, and to learn more about the ASR lawsuit settlement click here.
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