In August 2010, DePuy announced a worldwide #recall of their ASR and ASR XL Metal on Metal (#MoM) hip joints. At the time, it was estimated the recall applied to nearly 100,000 hip joints. Essentially, the market withdrawal was prompted due to growing evidence that the DePuy hip joints were failing at a higher than expected rate in patients. Nearly a year later, there is growing evidence that increased failure rates may be associated with other available MoM hip joints. Presently, DePuy is the only MoM hip that has been the subject of a formal joint recall and now thousands of related lawsuits by patients. Other hip joints are under growing scrutiny, and potentially subject to lawsuits, for reasons similar to, if not identical, to those the ultimately lead to the DePuy ASR and ASR XL recall.
Whether additional #recalls, or recall lawsuits will be forthcoming in 2012 remains to be seen given the volume of implants and failure rates. Additional information on the ASR Lawsuits and recalls is available here. General information on Joint Recalls and related products is available here.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the author and sponsor of this blog and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is actively investigating cases of failed MoM hip joints, or Joint Recalls, including but not limited to DePuy’s ASR and ASR XL, and those of other manufacturers.
The NYTimes is reporting, that new and popular hip and knee implants are not better than predecessors. So much for marketing and gimmicks claiming the ‘new and improved’,or that modern innovation, advanced these products with patients benefitting. Here is a link to the NYTimes: “New and Popular Hip & Knee Implants are Not Better than Predecessors”.
The author, and sponsor of this blog is Gabriel F. Zambrano. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., has been investigating and representing patients who received recalled Metal on Metal hip joint implants manufactured by DePuy. The DePuy ASR family of products was recalled during August 2010. This recall drew attention to other popular Metal on Metal (MoM) hip joints, the potential that they were failing across manufacturers at a higher rate and the need for additional surveillance and reporting to public health authorities. Additional information on these products, other recalls and related investigations is available at ASRLawsuits.com and JointRecall.com
“A Senate bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to force medical implant manufacturers to keep track of their devices’ performance after approval.” from the NYTIMES link above.
Need for information on recalled Metal on Metal Joints or related product recalls discussed in this story? Visit JointRecall.com
DePuy #recalled their Metal on Metal (#MoM) hip joint approximately a year ago due to a higher than expected failure rate. There were approximately 100,000 hip implants at the time of the #recall. However, what was known, and when it was known, by DePuy remains the subject of litigation. For additional information on the ASR Joint Recalls you can follow this link.
On August 21, 2011, REUTERS published a story that examines how DePuy has handled this recall. In “DePuy’s Handling of Recall Sparks Questions” a brief history of the ASR Recall and use of third parties to interact with patients provides a glimpse into some issues pending in ongoing lawsuits. Regardless of whether a person has symptoms from the ASR they are left to wonder what their future holds. DePuy is a Johnson & Johnson company and the latter has been plagued by a string of recalls that presently exceeds 50 (fifty) product recalls in the past 18 months. This run of recalls has led to the FDA taking over a factory because of continued problems. Additional information on the recalls and metal joints is available at Joint Recall at this link.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is actively investigating cases of failed MoM hip joints, including DePuy’s ASR, and those made by other manufacturers. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the sponsor of this blog and commentary.
Last year, DePuy Orthopaedics #recalled their flagship Metal on Metal (#MoM) hip implant - the #ASR. The NYTimes published a story: The Implants Loophole, by B. Meier, that highlighted information, as of December 16, 2010, that explained the troubled history of this MoM implant and how it passed muster or closer scrutiny by the FDA.
Regrettably, some patients that received the #ASR are now suffering from potentially permanent injuries. Damage to bone, muscle and nerves is noted in the story, as well as the potential for particles of metal being introduced into the body and bloodstream. The Implants Loophole also mentions Zimmer’s Durom cup that has also been the subject of litigation regarding failure and design issues. DePuy’s ASR has now become the subject of litigation in the US following a worldwide recall, leaving recepients wondering what future risks they face.
Wonder when DePuy knew about problems and the alleged increased failure rate of their ASR? The Implants Loophole article cites a Dr. Nargol, from Britain, as indicating that he advised DePuy of an issue and met with resistance. In fact, his surgical technique was called into question - this has become a common response by manufacturers in defending novel products - despite his once being a proponent of their product.
The sponsor of this blog and commentary, Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases involving the DePuy’s recalled ASR Metal on Metal hip joints. Additional investigations include other Metal on Metal #MoM hip implants from: Zimmer, DePuy, Smith & Nephew and Biomet. Information specific to the ASRRecalls sponsored by Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is available at this link: ASRRecalls Information pertaining to other joints, recalls and news is available here JointRecall
This photo depicts a modern Metal on Metal #MoM hip joint. Some controversy has surrounded these implants during the past year given a worldwide #recall of the DePuy #ASR. Regardless of that particular recall, the FDA has asked all MoM hip joint manufacturers to conduct and produce post-market surveillance of their products.
Recent controversy surrounds allegations of a higher than ordinary failure rate requiring removal, or explantation, of the implanted joint, monitoring for metal ions in the blood (blood toxicity), muscle tissue or wasting of the muscle and bone, as well as pain, suffering and complications from surgical intervention. For some, the idea that they have a device in them that has now been #recalled poses a dilemma.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases of MoM joint failures that involved the #recalled DePuy #ASR, as well as other metal on metal joints that are now under review or the subject of litigation. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is the sponsor of this blog, commentary and other sites dedicated to recalled metal joints. Additional information regarding particular joints is available at JointRecall.com and DePuyLawsuits.com
What does an example of a knee joint look like? Take a look at this photo. Modern science has made tremendous progress in advancing medicine. However, people are not guinea pigs and must be fully informed of potential risks, adverse events and complications before they can truly agree to undertake them.
Additional photographs and information is available at JointRecall.com, a website sponsored by Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., the sponsor of this blog and post. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is actively investigating cases of failed Metal on Metal (MoM) hip joints, DePuy’s recalled ASR MoM implant, as well as the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex.
DePuy’s #ASR hip joint implant was #recalled last year. Where were you when you found out? Wonder how long the manufacturer knew about the increased failure rate? Injuries include need for a revision surgery, explantation/removal of recalled joint, tissue destruction/damage, blood toxicity from metal ions and complications. More information is available http://www.jointrecalls.com
#DePuy #ASR hip system #recall is almost 1yr old. Metal on Metal (MoM) implants remain under scrutiny. Need info? http://www.jointrecalls.com #recalls #MoM Injuries include the need for a revision surgery, explantation of device, trauma and complications from surgery, muscle or tissue destruction from surgery and/or metal toxins in blood as well as related pain and suffering.