Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rottenstein Law Group Warns DePuy ASR Hip Recall Victims About Misleading Web Sites Soliciting Information for “Joint Registry”

Apparently prompted by news of current efforts to create in the United States institutions similar to joint replacement registries such as the ones in Australia and the United Kingdom, at least one law firm here has sponsored a Web site that was evidently designed specifically to give the impression that it was being operated by a governmental entity (the non-existent “National Hip Recall Registry”). To the contrary, however, the site, which was publicized in press releases purportedly coming from Washington, D.C., was a private site maintained by a “lead-generation” company for the sole purpose of identifying potential clients for the sponsoring law firm. RLG determined that this particular misleading site, which has since been taken down, was sponsored by a White Plains, New York personal injury lawyer.
Prompted in large part by the recall of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement devices in August, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is initiating a pilot program, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), in 15 hospitals to track recipients’ basic information and data on their doctors and implants. The federal government is also creating a registry, the National Orthopaedic Outcome Registry (NOOR). The hope is that these registries will help implant recipients avoid the problems being faced currently by those with faulty DePuy devices

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