Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest drug and medical device manufacturer, allegedly concealed internal research that demonstrated a serious design flaw in its Articular Surface Replacement, or A.S.R., metal-on-metal hip replacement product, according to a January 25th article in the New York Times.
The article cites recent court testimony in the case of Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al. (BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court), in which an attorney for the plaintiff Kransky argued that J&J executives knew for years that the A.S.R. contained a critical design flaw, but hid the information from the general public and from medical professionals.
“They did not report the data to American doctors,” the attorney, Michael A. Kelly, reportedly said in his opening statement. “They changed the test and tested it against other things until they found one it could beat.”
The Times article further outlines that the company allegedly began receiving complaints from doctors as far back as 2005, when the A.S.R. was first marketed in the United States. Device’s design caused large quantities of metal to shed while inside the body, and furthermore, the device reportedly failed a J&J internal test in 2007.
Jeff Nadrich, a Los Angeles defective hip attorney, has been monitoring all new developments in this first DePuy hip lawsuit. According to Nadrich, “As the FDA has pointed out, the A.S.R was voluntarily recalled, due in part to U.K. Joint Registry data indicating a 13 percent failure rate within 5 years.
“The latest news that Johnson & Johnson may have intentionally concealed data is especially troubling, and any A.S.R. recipients who experience pain or discomfort should contact their doctor immediately.” Nadrich further argues that A.S.R. side effect victims may be entitled to monetary compensation, and should speak with a qualified attorney right away.
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