Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) September 1, 2010
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. However, now the FDA has taken action by issuing a strong warning letter to DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the unit of Johnson & Johnson that is responsible for the product.
The FDA warning comes after the office received approximately 400 complaints from patients experiencing pain and suffering from the dangerous medical device. Studies show that 12 to 13 percent of the patients that underwent the hip replacement surgery needed corrective surgery within five years. The additional hip surgery is very painful and extensive, causing further risk to patients.
The ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System are two of several metal-on-metal products that cause tissue damage and deterioration over time. Just last year, DePuy, the medical device manufacturer, considered pulling the medical product off the market because of its rate of failure. Much to the chagrin of patients and families, hip replacement surgeons continued to use the dangerous product despite the reports.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., has offered to pay reasonable and customary costs associated with additional surgery, tests and procedures involved with the medical device recall. Although that may sound generous, it doesn’t take into account the pain and suffering, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages and inconvenience that another operation will cause.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics urge patients to consult with their orthopedic surgeons to determine if they have the defective medical product. X-rays and blood tests ascertain whether the patient needs the hip replacement.
Recalling hips cannot compare to recalling cars or taking medication off the shelf like the Tylenol recall quite some time ago. There is a serious risk to the patient with or without the additional surgery to correct the hip. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who specializes in defective products is good advice to follow.
The Tulsa defective product law firm, Richardson Richardson Boudreaux is accepting clients who received the Johnson & Johnson ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implants. For more information, visit their website at http://www.richardsonlawfirmpc.com or call 866-665-5010.