Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 08, 2014
The hip implant resource center at DrugNews.net is announcing a new site for patients who received DePuy ASR hip implants. The site will offer the latest news on hip safety warnings, details of the DePuy recall and a settlement agreement for patients who filed injury claims*.
DrugNews is a free resource for patients using popular prescription drugs and medical devices. Combining the latest warnings, product recalls, studies and litigation news, patients can avoid dangerous medical devices, learn if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
The DrugNews hip center contains warnings from health experts the British Medical Journal** and FDA*** that toxic metal shavings from all-metal hip implants can cause serious conditions such as tissue damage, bone loss and damage to other organs when released into the body.
The DePuy ASR was an all-metal hip implant sold from 2005-2010. In 2010, parent company Johnson & Johnson recalled the devices, indicating as many as 13% of patients could require revision surgery*. However, studies now show the rate could be as high as 44%****.
DrugNews has learned J&J has agreed to pay at least $2.47 billion to settle around 8,000 cases alleging injury from the devices*. The settlement will only apply to patients who underwent surgery to remove their recalled hips prior to August 31, 2013 for now, although the total amount could grow to over $4 billion with future settlements*.
Anyone who received a DePuy ASR or metal hip implant is urged to visit the DrugNews Hip Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal rights and the ongoing settlement. Due to the specialized nature of medical device injury cases, DrugNews only recommends lawyers who have already handled DePuy lawsuits.
For more information on the recall, studies and litigation news related to DePuy or other metal hips, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugNews.net.
*Bloomberg, 11/20/13; bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-19/j-j-unveils-hip-accord-that-may-be-worth-more-than-4-bln.html
**BMJ 2/28/12; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410
***FDA, 1/17/13; http://www.fda.gov/Medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/metalonmetalhipimplants/ucm241604.htm
****MedPage Today, 3/20/13; medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAOS/37984