Medical device manufacturers should refrain from releasing products to the market until they are sure the products will benefit patients.
(PRWEB) January 29, 2013
The Rottenstein Law Group continues to monitor DePuy ASR recall lawsuit reports from the Los Angeles trial in which a plaintiff asserts that he suffered severe side effects from the Johnson & Johnson hip implant.
On Monday, Jan. 28, a consultant named George Samaras testified at trial (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court) that the DePuy ASR hip replacement system failed Johnson & Johnson’s own internal safety standards for the metal-on-metal hip cup, which led the company to change protocols instead of addressing the design flaw, Bloomberg reports.
Samaras told the jury that DePuy documents said the ASR released 16 times more cobalt and chromium particles into the bloodstream than another DePuy hip replacement product, according to Bloomberg. Regardless, the company gave the ASR a passing grade, the story said.
“Medical device manufacturers should refrain from releasing products to the market until they are sure the products will benefit patients,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, a DePuy ASR hip replacement law firm. “If Mr. Samaras’ allegations are true, this is very disappointing.”
The Kranskys are alleging that the DePuy ASR caused Loren Kransky metal poisoning, among other problems, according to court records. There are more than 10,000 DePuy ASR lawsuits across the United States, about 7,000 of which are involved in multidistrict litigation in the Unites States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (MDL-2197). About 33,000 people in the United States received the ASR implant, out of almost 100,000 worldwide, according to Bloomberg. The DePuy ASR recall occurred in 2010.
The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a DePuy Hip Recall Information Center that provides updates on the DePuy recall, and information about the device’s side effects and tips on the next steps in the process toward evaluating whether DePuy ASR hip replacement recipients should file lawsuits.
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