Johnson & Johnson is still facing mounting litigation over its DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements, and now, the company has issued yet another metal-on-metal hip recall. The company recalled the “Adept” line of an all-metal hip replacement system because of higher than expected failure rates.

The company recalled the 7,500 Adept metal hip implants that were sold between 2004 and September 2011. The implants were sold in Germany and 20 other countries, though not in the U.S. A U.K. joint registry found that the Adept hip implants had a 12.1 percent seven year revision surgery rate. An Australian registry found a 7.1 percent three year failure rate.

Sounds familiar? In August 2010, J&J issued the ASR hip recall that affected 93,000 worldwide and caused thousands of patients to suffer from serious adverse effects and hip replacement failure. Data from the U.K. joint registry showed a 12 percent failure rate, though according the company’s more recent estimates, the DePuy ASR hip replacement’s five year failure rate may be nearly 40 percent.

Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements Cause Serious Complications

Metal-on-metal hip replacements like the recalled DePuy ASR, or the similar DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, may lead to problems such as pain, inflammation, tissue damage, metal poisoning and hip replacement failure. Toxic metal debris shed from the metal components and into the surrounding bloodstream, leading to adverse reactions.

Recently , the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued updated guidelines on the use of all-metal hip systems, suggesting that the devices should only be used after careful evaluation by surgeons of risk factors. The agency suggested regular medical monitoring for patients with the devices, and may require premarket safety tests for hip manufacturers in the future.

Recipients of a defective metal hip implant are filing lawsuits against hip manufacturers seeking compensation for their injuries. There are currently over 10,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits filed, and more than 3,000 lawsuits over the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. If you received a DePuy hip replacement and suffered hip replacement failure or other complications, speak to a hip replacement lawyer at our firm today to learn more about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Call (877) 779-1414 to learn more.

Published February 15, 2013 by