There was an outcry among indignant recipients when two of DePuy Orthopaedics’ hip replacement devices were recalled from the global market in August of 2010 leading to hundreds filing for hip replacement lawsuits against the orthopedic device manufacturer. Both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System were found to have an inherent design flaw that led to recipients experiencing health complications such as pain, swelling, dislocation, difficulty walking and even cobalt and chromium poisoning. An estimated 12-13 percent of DePuy hip recall victims are in dire need of a revision surgery.
Apparently, the problem does not stop there for DePuy. Recent news has it that the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, another line of Depuy’s metal-on-metal hip replacement, was also recalled due to identical issues with the ASR devices. Reportedly, at least 500 complaints were noted by the United States Food and Drugs Administration over the Pinnacle device. There is little variation between the issues the Pinnacle implant has and the ASR hip replacements. It remains unclear just how many individuals have received the Pinnacle device and it is still unknown whether its failure rate would be as high as the ones the ASRs have. Recipients affected by the recall have already started filing Pinnacle lawsuits.
DePuy’s claims that their new technology has paved the way for them to make better and more durable hip replacement implants. It is the responsibility of a medical device manufacturer to provide safe products to the public. It is the victim’s right to seek to gain compensation for the damagess the artificial hips have inflincted, whether they be ASR Systems or the Pinnacle System.
Further information is available in the DePuy hip recall site should you want to learn updates about the current litigation against the corporate magnate.