Johnson Johnson Initiates Hip Implant Recall


DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has just announced a recall of two of their hip implants. The product recall was initiated after complaints had been steadily logged with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for more than two years. DePuy explained the reason for the recall involved a high failure rate of the hip implants, causing many patients to undergo a second hip replacement surgery.

Two products are covered under this recall:

  • The ASR XL Acetabular System – a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement surgeries
  • The ASR Hip Resurfacing System – a partial hip replacement which entails placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur in order to preserve more bone structure

Approximately 93,000 of these implant devices have been used in hip replacements around the world. Over the past two years, the FDA has received approximately 400 complaints from patients in the United States who have received these devices, claiming the implants failed early. These failures necessitated expensive and painful procedures to replace the failed implant with a properly working one.

DePuy claims that most of the hip replacement surgeries involving ASR implants had been successful. However, they urged patients whose hip replacements were conducted with the defective medical devices to visit their surgeon for an evaluation. DePuy will pay for any reasonable medical costs associated with the defective implants, including a new hip replacement procedure.

These implants have received considerable criticism in recent years since they are part of a category of implants called metal-on-metal bearings which create debris from wear, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage in some patients. Approximately 12-13% of patients have required a second hip replacement procedure within five years of receiving ASR implants.

If you have suffered an injury from one of these defective Johnson & Johnson hip implants, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages through a defective product lawsuit. An experienced attorney can advise you on the best way to proceed.