Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Recalled Hip Implants

After complaints from several hundred patients and a warning letter from the FDA, Johnson & Johnson is recalling its popular metal-on-metal hip replacement mechanism known as the ASR XL Acetabular System. This product is made by DePuy Orthopaedics which is a division of Johnson & Johnson.

This product is being recalled due to its high failure rate which results in additional hip replacement surgeries to many patients. One such type of failure is that the implant does not properly adhere to the bone and becomes unattached. Another such failure is that over time metal particles slough off and the debris causes inflammation, tissue damage and extreme pain to an individual. There is also some research that indicates that the cobalt and chromium materials used in these implants can be toxic and may lead to certain cancers, including leukemia.

Of course, this recall comes in the wake of several other recalls by Johnson & Johnson – most notably Tylenol Children's liquid. The president of DePuy Orthopaedics said, “We are committed to assisting patients and health care providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the costs of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.”

If you or anyone you know has been injured by a product such as the DePuy hip implant or any other defective product contact our Valdosta Attorneys for a free consultation about your potential case.

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