Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 07, 2013
The hip implant safety center at DrugRisk.com has launched an updated resource center for those patients who received a DePuy ASR hip implant. The site contains the latest news on safety warnings, details of the recall and a settlement proposed for patients who needed surgery.
DrugRisk is a free resource for those using popular prescription drugs and medical devices. Our collection of the latest warnings, product recalls, studies and litigation news allows patients to avoid dangerous medical devices, learn if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
The resource 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.
In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled the DePuy ASR metal hip implants, indicating as many as 13% of patients could require revision surgery*. However, studies now show the rate could be as high as 44%****.
Now, DrugRisk has added information in which J&J proposes 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 contact the DrugRisk 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, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms 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.DrugRisk.com.
*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