New Website MyDePuyRecall.com Established to Assist Victims of Recalled DePuy Hip Implants

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In August 2010, DePuy announced a recall of their ASR Hip Implants due to worldwide concern over the early failure rate of the devices. The new website http://mydepuyrecall.com has been established in order to assist victims that have received the recalled DePuy Hip Implants.

DePuy Hip Implant Recall

According to documents issued by DePuy to physicians that implanted the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices, the company is offering to pay the surgeons for each properly executed medical authorization signed by patients with the recalled devices.

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is a medical device company that earned $5.4 billion for its parent company Johnson & Johnson in 2009. The DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System were first released in 2003, collectively known as the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices. Since that time, DePuy received thousands of complaints internationally of problems with the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices, before finally recalling the devices in August of 2010. Now there is an online resource designed specifically for patients that have received the faulty DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices MyDePuyRecall.com. The website provides timely, newsworthy information regarding the DePuy Hip Implant recall.

According to the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry, they first notified DePuy of the concerns over the high early failure rate of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices on at least seven separate occasions, dating back to at least 2007. DePuy failed to take action regarding the complaints until December of 2009, at which time, the DePuy ASR Hip Implants were removed from the Australian market. According to Dr. Stephen Graves, the Director of the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry, "It is a complete untruth that DePuy did not have reason to withdraw the ASR before now; we have been telling them since 2007, but they allowed it to be used on thousands of people."

From 2007 to present, the United States Food and Drug Administration received a steady increase of complaints concerning the early failure rate of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices, the majority of which resulted in revision surgery. According to the FDA data, annual complaints regarding the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices rose from nearly 100 in 2007 to over 300 in 2009. Despite the mounting complaints, DePuy did not issue the voluntarily recall of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices from the United States market until August of 2010.

According to documents issued by DePuy to physicians that implanted the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Devices, the company is offering to pay the surgeons for each properly executed medical authorization signed by patients with the recalled devices. DePuy is also providing surgeons with a form letter to send their patients in an attempt to get the patients to sign DePuy’s paperwork.

In an effort to protect the rights of victims with recalled DePuy Hip Implant Devices, there are now online resources available via the following websites: My DePuy Recall or a Wisconsin DePuy Hip Implant Recall.

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