A New York Times editorial published on February 10, 2013 raises questions about hip manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics’ actions in the years prior to the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall. The hip replacement recall affected 93,000 devices worldwide and caused thousands of patients to suffer from adverse effects.

According to the editorial, “there is evidence that a major manufacturer was aware of a serious problem with one of its models yet failed to alert patients or doctors and continued to market it aggressively.”

The evidence stemmed from the first of over 10,000 DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits filed against the manufacturer to go to trial in Los Angeles, California. Testimonies and documents produced in the lawsuits suggest that the DePuy ASR hip implants were inadequately tested for safety, and that top company executives were notified of design problems with the metal hip replacements two years before their issued the recall. The design flaws were “never disclosed to doctors who were putting the device into patients, nor were other unfavorable internal studies.”

The NYT concluded, “Though the company says the evidence will ultimately show that it acted appropriately, it clearly has a lot of explaining to do.”

DePuy ASR Hip Recall Lawsuits Seek Compensation for Victims’ Injuries

DePuy now estimates that almost 40 percent of the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacements will fail within five years of implantation, forcing recipients to go through revision surgery to remove the faulty device. Patients are also at risk for metallosis, high levels of toxic metal ions in the bloodstream that can cause side effects that spread outside the local hip area.

Lawsuits filed against the company allege that DePuy designed a dangerous device, were aware of problems with the hip implants, yet failed to warn patients and continued to aggressively market the devices. Victims of the recall are seeking compensation for their expenses and injuries, including medical costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more.

If you received a DePuy ASR hip implant and suffered complications or hip replacement failure, speak to a DePuy hip recall lawyer at our firm today to learn more about your legal rights. Call (877) 779-1414 for a free case review.

Published February 19, 2013 by