If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by a Johnson & Johnson recalled hip replacement, contact one of our hip recall 2010 injury lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.

DePuy ASR Devices Subject To The Hip Recall 2010

On August 24, 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics issued a worldwide recall of its ASR metal-on-metal hip replacements.  37,000 Americans were affected by the ASR hip replacement recall 2010.  The ASR hip replacement recall 2010 was issued after data revealed that the implants had excessively high failure rates.  Evidence suggests that about one in eight patients affected by the ASR hip recall 2010 will need a second replacement within five years.  Revision surgery is necessary for those who have the recalled hip replacement because the artificial joints do not fit properly, which can cause pain and trouble walking.

Hip Replacement Recall 2010 Involves Metal-on-Metal Implants

The impact of the hip recall 2010 has been widespread.  As a result of the recall, Johnson & Johnson is currently defending thousands of lawsuits filed by individuals who received the metal-on-metal implants that were the subject of the hip replacement recall 2010.  In addition to mounting litigation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has been the subject of increased media criticism.  In light of the hip recall 2010, there have been calls for regulatory reform, the creation of a national joint registry and an end to the FDA’s expedited 510(K) process.  Many health care experts believe these steps are necessary in order to protect the safety and welfare of the public.

Should A Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Recall 2011 Have Been Issued?

Although only the ASR metal-on-metal hip implants were subject to the hip replacement recall 2010, all medical device manufacturers who make metal-on-metal implants are facing increased scrutiny.  There is a growing consensus among medical and legal experts that all metal-on-metal implants should be taken off of the market.  In fact, many expected a hip replacement recall 2011.  Given that other types of metal-on-metal hip implants are still available on the market, patient advocates believe that a hip recall 2011 should have been issued.  Research suggests that all metal-on-metal hip implants put patients at risk for metallosis and other severe complications associated with excessively high failure rates.  Many feel that the hip recall 2010 was insufficient.  Although a hip recall 2011 failed to materialize, increasing litigation and media attention suggests that a hip replacement recall 2012 is possible.  For instance, the Pinnacle hip system, the predecessor to the ASR implants, suffers from similar design defects.  Although Johnson & Johnson denies that the Pinnacle hip systems are defective, mounting litigation involving the Pinnacle systems suggests otherwise.  Although there was no hip recall 2011, given the similarities between the Pinnacle and ASR implants, a Pinnacle hip recall 2012 is possible and warranted.

Events Preceding Hip Recall 2010

Prior to the ASR hip replacement recall 2010, the FDA sent a letter to DePuy, alleging that it improperly marketed an unapproved knee device and also sold a hip implant for an unapproved use.  The hip recall 2010 was only one of many recalls Johnson & Johnson issued that year.  Other products, including Tylenol, Acuvue and other over-the-counter medications were recalled in 2010.  Although the hip recall 2010 was the most publicized, there is growing concern about quality control procedures currently in place.

The Recalled Hip Replacement Products At Issue

The Johnson & Johnson recalled hip replacement products include the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement surgeries and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which is a partial hip replacement intended to preserve the bone.  Following the ASR hip replacement recall 2010, DePuy advised patients who received the recalled hips to visit their surgeons and undergo annual monitoring.  Although these two models are the only ASR products, there are other types of metal-on-metal hip implants sold by Johnson & Johnson.

Affected By The Hip Replacement Recall 2010?

If you or a loved one experienced a hip replacement failure as a result of the hip recall 2010, protect your right to a legal remedy.  Contact one of our hip replacement recall 2010 injury lawyers and schedule a no-cost consultation.

Additionally, other DePuy hip replacement products, such as Pinnacle hip implants, suffer from similar design defects.  Although a Pinnacle hip recall 2011 did not materialize, many are still advocating for a recall.  Whether or not there is a Pinnacle hip replacement recall 2012, Pinnacle recipients who experienced hip replacement failure should not be deterred from filing a lawsuit.  Know your rights, and contact us for a free case evaluation today.

Published November 17, 2011 by