Indian Police Track Down Implant Recipients in National DePuy ASR Recall Probe
Indian officials have secured statements from over a hundred patients who may have been injured by a four-year old DePuy hip recall associated with metal ion ‘leaching’ and other complications, according to the IndianExpress.com.
An article from March 18th indicates that the Mahim Police have identified and recorded injury reports from 146 individuals who received the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement before it was taken off the Indian market in 2010 due to excessively high failure rates. These individuals claim to have experienced ‘leaching’ of the implant’s cobalt and chromium ions, a side effect alleged in thousands of cases already filed in the U.S.
Of the country’s impending action against DePuy Othopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, the commissioner of Police said, “The investigation is in its final stages. Only statements of a few people are remaining, after which the chargesheet will be filed.” The article states that this recent probe follows several case filings in India, the first brought by a Mumbai-based banker whose ASR metal hip allegedly failed three years after its 2007 implantation. After undergoing revision surgery in 2012, the DePuy hip lawsuit plaintiff says cobalt and chromium ions are still in his blood, and that his doctor found high tissue formation in his left thigh.
4,700 Implants Sold in India Prior to DePuy ASR Recall
The IndianExpress.com adds that prior to its DePuy ASR recall, which followed similar actions in the U.S., Europe and Australia, a total of 15,829 implants had been imported into the country. The FDA logged only 1,295 ASR hips sent back to the U.S., with 4,700 already sold. The Mahim police are now working to track down recipients of those devices.
Meanwhile, droves of DePuy ASR hip lawsuit plaintiffs in the U.S. are working to get their cases heard. A Case List updated March 13th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation showed 8,622 cases over the metal implant now filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, where a multidistrict litigation is underway. Court records indicate that over 12,000 ASR cases are pending in jurisdictions throughout the U.S.
On November 19, 2013, Johnson & Johnson proposed a DePuy ASR hip recall settlement that could resolve 8,000 of those claims. Plaintiffs eligible to participate in the agreement would receive a base award of $250,000, but that amount could be reduced based on the patient’s medical history and other factors. This proposed settlement has neither been accepted nor denied by plaintiffs, reports indicate.
Filing a DePuy ASR Recall Lawsuit
If you received a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip prior to the August 2010 recall, call our Firm for more information about filing a lawsuit. Our attorneys can be reached at (877) 779-1414.