DePuy has received global criticism over it’s handling of the defective ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR™ XL Acetabular System. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary issued an official product recall for those devices on August 24th, 2010. Earlier in the spring, the company deceptively claimed it was phasing out the systems due to decreased sales, according to this news report. Then in March, 2010, the company issued a formal warning that they had received data which showed a high early failure rate in some patients.
DePuy began receiving reports of problems with the ASR™ system in 2006, and those reports skyrocketed between 2007 and 2009. Of the 300 complaints the company received in 2009, over 90% of the patients required revision surgery. As a hip replacement recall lawyer, I have been hearing reports that one in every eight patients will experience a hip implant failure within five years, so this new data is an eye-opener. Since 2006, they knew the products were failing, yet DePuy waited until last month to take action.
Worldwide, over 93,000 ASR Systems have been implanted into patients who needed hip replacement surgery. Whereas most hip implants are designed to last 15-25 years before revision surgery is necessary, the DePuy systems last less than ten years. Some fail within the first two years of implantation. If you are the recipient of a DePuy ASR hip implant, I strongly suggest consulting with an ASR hip replacement lawyer who can help you fight for compensation.