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Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Hip Implant Defect Trials Begin

The first of nearly 10,000 Depuy all-metal hip implant trials has made it to Los Angeles Court. The plaintiff in this first case contends that Johnson & Johnson's ASR XL hips had a defective design, Johnson & Johnson knew about the defects and it failed to timely warn consumers.

According to witnesses that appeared on the first day of the Depuy hip implant trial:

  • Forty-four percent of DePuy all-metal hip implants fail after seven years
  • Johnson & Johnson knew about the flaw in the ASR hip cup but changed its protocols rather than correcting the design defect
  • An internal Johnson & Johnson document shows that the ASR produced a large amount of cobalt and chromium debris -- nearly 16 times more than any other DePuy implant
  • The ASR XL hip implant fails much more frequently than other hip implants

DePuy disagrees. It stated that it took the product off the market in 2010 because the sales weren't as high as the company wanted them to be. The company claims it never told surgeons that the hip implants frequently required revision surgeries.

Yet, the fact that the revision surgeries are occurring is enough to know that there was a problem. Thousands of individuals who have been injured by DePuy all-metal hip replacements are now looking for relief through lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, "J&J Failed Own Safety Test in Hip Design, Witness Says," Maurice Possley, Jan. 29, 2013

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