Hip Implant Manufacturer DePuy Ignored Product's Problems, Baltimore Lawyer Robert K. Jenner Says

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Patients suffered needlessly for years as FDA heard complaints, says Robert Jenner, a medical device attorney with Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC.

Robert K. Jenner

For two years, as patients suffered, DePuy simply ignored reality. Now, the company admits on its own website that more testing is needed for hip implant patients.

Thousands of hip replacement patients may be suffering needlessly because a manufacturer allegedly kept defective hip replacement products on the market even after evidence surfaced that showed they were faulty, Baltimore attorney Robert K. Jenner said this week.

Jenner spoke out about the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, both of which were recalled in August of this year. More than 93,000 of the devices have been sold worldwide. Hip surgeons have had to replace the medical devices at a rate that is more than twice the average for other similar devices.

While DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, announced the recall just this year, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had begun receiving complaints about the devices in early 2008.

“For two years, as patients suffered, DePuy simply ignored reality,” said Jenner, a partner in the MEDLAW Legal Team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC. “Now, the company admits on its own website that more testing is needed for hip implant patients.”

The ASR™ Hip Recall Guide website (http://www.asrrecall.depuy.com) states, “This recall means additional testing and monitoring may be necessary to ensure your hip implant is functioning well.”

The ASR XL Acetabular System was used for total hip replacements, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System was used in a newer kind of bone-resurfacing procedure. The bone-resurfacing procedure has not been approved in the U.S., but many American patients have traveled outside the country to get it, and others received it in this country in a clinical trial.

Patients with ASR hip replacement parts have experienced pain, difficulty walking, infection and damage to surrounding soft tissue. The failures have required expensive and painful second operations to put in new hip replacements.

“Surgery is always a risk, but surgery a second time is an unnecessary risk, particularly when it may be complicated by tissue damage and infection,” Jenner said. “Hip replacement patients are typically elderly, which is a population at further risk in surgery. Instead of providing relief from painful arthritic conditions, DePuy has been the cause of additional pain, stress and suffering.”

It is important for those who have experienced problems after a hip replacement surgery that used the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ to explore their legal options, Jenner said. Patients may be entitled to receive benefits for medical expenses, including the cost of additional surgeries, as well as for pain and suffering.

About Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

The MEDLAW Legal Team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, is a national firm with offices in Baltimore, MD, and Columbia, SC. Jenner has more than 25 years of experience representing injured consumers nationwide against the manufacturers of defective medical devices and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The MEDLAW Legal Team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, have recovered tens of millions of dollars for their clients. Jenner has been honored by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America," "Maryland's Super Lawyers" (named in Top 50), and in the "Best of the U.S."

For more information, contact the MEDLAW Legal Team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, today at 1-888-4-MED-LAW (463-3529) or use the firm’s online form.

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