Johnson and Johnson agreed in January to pay $120 million to victims in North Carolina and 45 other states to resolve claims of deceptive marketing regarding its Depuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement device. The implant was pulled from the U.S. market in 2010, but it’s too little too late for some victims who suffered metal and cobalt poisoning.
A large number of metal-on-metal hip replacements have caused thousands of patients more pain than relief. And thousands are suing the manufacturers who produced and marketed them.
Symptoms of a Faulty Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant
- Cobalt poisoning, including fever, inflammation, and low thyroid levels, heart failure, vision loss, hearing loss, and organ damage
- Metallosis, which can include pain around the hip joint, swelling, inflammation, numbness, bone loss, tissue death, and additional mobility problems
Depuy Hip Replacement Failures, Recalls
In 2019, Reuters reported that Depuy had announced a worldwide voluntary recall of 93,000 of its ASR hip implant systems in 2010, saying that 12% of them failed within five years. Depuy has since settled thousands of lawsuits by patients who had to have the ASR implant removed – and who were forced to undergo a second surgery.
J&J Depuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Alleges Deception
The lawsuits claimed that J&J Depuy made misleading claims about the longevity of its metal-on-metal hip implants, with patients frequently having to undergo a revision surgery before the company’s advertised timeframe of five years.
Hip Implant Devices not FDA-tested for Safety
The J&J Depuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was approved under an FDA approval process that does not require evidence of a device’s safety before being given market approval.
Known as the FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification Process, manufacturers merely have to show that devices are substantially similar to others currently on the market. There are no clinical trials or patient testing. While this news may come as a shock to consumers of medical devices, numerous metal-on-metal hip implant device manufacturers utilized this loophole to rush their devices to market.
The FDA received so many reports of issues with metal-on-metal hip devices that in 2011, they ordered all manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants to test patients who had received them.
Is this yet another example of manufacturers putting profit in front of patient care? Click here for other manufacturers also facing similar lawsuits due to faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement devices – many of which have been pulled from the market.
These are serious issues. And serious issues demand serious attention.
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If you received the Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR hip implant device or any of the hip implants in this link, and you believe you have suffered serious side effects such as metallosis or cobalt poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
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