Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Issues Another DePuy Hip Recall Of A Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

Johnson & Johnson is still facing mounting litigation over its DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements, and now, the company has issued yet another metal-on-metal hip recall. The company recalled the “Adept” line of an all-metal hip replacement system because of higher than expected failure rates.

The company recalled the 7,500 Adept metal hip implants that were sold between 2004 and September 2011. The implants were sold in Germany and 20 other countries, though not in the U.S. A U.K. joint registry found that the Adept hip implants had a 12.1 percent seven year revision surgery rate. An Australian registry found a 7.1 percent three year failure rate.
Sounds familiar? In August 2010, J&J issued the ASR hip recall that affected 93,000 worldwide and caused thousands of patients to suffer from serious adverse effects and hip replacement failure. Data from the U.K. joint registry showed a 12 percent failure rate, though according the company’s more recent estimates, the DePuy ASR hip replacement’s five year failure rate may be nearly 40 percent.

exerpts from Bernstein Liephard

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