A recent USA Today editorial piece published on March 24 takes the position that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy mismanaged the development and marketing efforts behind their DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system.
Stemming from our own investigation into the DePuy ASR Hip implant, lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe agree that neither Johnson & Johnson nor their subsidiary, DePuy, correctly addressed any of the warning signs.
According to the USA Today opinion piece, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy ignored red flags, and as a result, did not recall the product in a timely fashion. After years of receiving failure reports and concerns from surgeons, Johnson & Johnson finally initiated a DePuy ASR Hip recall in August 2010.
The DePuy ASR Hip implant is a metal-on-metal artificial hip that causes the release of metal ions into the bloodstream, surrounding tissues, and bone. The metal ions travel through the bloodstream, and have been linked to neurological damage.
An interesting point made by USA Today is that blame for the defective device being sold on the market does not lie solely with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy. Blame should also be put on Congress, according to USA Today, who apparently passed a loophole permitting quick approval processes.
Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes significant efforts towards protecting the public, it is important that if warning signs appear during any part of the development, approval, or marketing processes, efforts must be made towards addressing them, even if that means scraping the product entirely.
DePuy ASR Hip implant lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are committed to upholding consumer safety, and work hard to hold companies like Johnson & Johnson and DePuy accountable when their business practices do not align with protecting patient health.
Defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe encourage individuals who have been injured by the DePuy ASR Hip to contact one of our lawyers today about filing a DePuy ASR Hip lawsuit by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a legal claim form.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement