First introduced into the marketplace in 2005, Johnson & Johnson's Depuy brand ASR XL Acetabular System did not undergo rigorous clinical testing because they petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow this product because it was substantially similar to products already on the marketplace.
As of 2008, reports began pouring in to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alleging high failure rates. Since this time, over 400 consumers have reported injuries and hip implant failures. In 2010, the device was recalled over concerns that 1/8 patients experienced injury and hip implant failure.
The Alleged Danger of Depuy Hip Implants
Consumers allege a variety of injuries due to the failure of their Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip implants. This metal on metal hip implant was blamed for many injuries that were problematic for patients. These injuries included:
- serious infections
- metal fragments coming loose and damaging organs
- bone fractures
- pain and swelling
- nerve damage
- high levels of metal in the blood
- tissue damage
- muscle damage
- necrosis or tissue death
These alleged injuries caused many patients serious pain and inspired hundreds to file suit against Johnson & Johnson. In these lawsuits, patients allege that Johnson & Johnson's device caused them injury and that they should have known the dangers their product posed to consumers. If you have been injured by your Depuy hip implant, you should seek both medical attention and the skilled advice of a product liability attorney. Obtain the compensation you need and call a skilled product liability attorney today.