Now a recalled device , the DePuy ASR hip replacement has significantly changed the lives of thousands of people around the world, and not in the way for which it was intended. According to a Four Corners program recently aired by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in late May 2014, patients who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement have experienced cobalt and chromium poisoning, numerous revision surgeries, and neurological problems.
Failure to accept responsibility for injuries to DePuy ASR patients is common in Johnson & Johnson’s handling of the matter. It is said that Johnson & Johnson knew about the design defects of the DePuy ASR hip as early as 2007, yet still decided to move forward with a deceptively positive marketing campaign.
Furthermore, doctors who reported complications with the metal-on-metal hip implant to Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary DePuy, were made to feel at fault.
One U.S. patient, Joan Wager, was interviewed for the Four Corners program, and shared that two years after receiving a DePuy ASR hip implant, she developed a swollen hip. After getting her hip checked out by a doctor, it was determined that she needed a revision surgery.
Notes taken by her surgeon reveal the defective quality of the DePuy ASR hip replacement. With the major components of the hip implant improperly fitting, and as such, releasing metal particles into the surrounding area, Wager’s hip joint had become severely inflamed, creating a yellow fluid most likely caused by the presence of cobalt and chromium particles.
As DePuy ASR hip lawsuits continue to move forward in the U.S., a class action lawsuit in Australia is scheduled to be heard over a ten week period some time next year. According to Four Corners, the class action lawsuit has been delayed on account of Johnson & Johnson submitting approximately 23,000 pages of new evidence that they claim reveals that the DePuy ASR hip replacement is not defective.
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