Many people do not know that the complications that stem from the DePuy ASRs were revealed by a foreign source . The DePuy hip replacement implants were recalled because of sources outside the United States. It was not an American source that first discovered the flaws that led to the DePuy hip replacement recall. Apparently, it was data from an Australian registry that noticed the high failure trend of these hip replacements. The ASRs were also withdrawn first from the Australian market before they were recalled worldwide.
As the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson division, DePuy Orthopaedics pile up, much chagrin have emanated from the blatant disregard of the company to recall their defective hip replacement devices when they discovered significant data about them. In August DePuy voluntarily recalled their ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System from the worldwide market in response to urgent prodding from separate entities.
These claims have a foundation for belief as evidenced by a couple of verifiable information. Starting in 2008, the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has received an estimated 300 complaints against the DePuy hip replacement devices. Director of the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry, Professor Stephen Graves informed the company of the present failure rate of their hip implants. In fact, Professor Graves and the Registry were alarmed enough to have warned the orthopedic manufacturer seven times. About a year before recalling the DePuy hip devices from the global market, the company have already given a recall order in Australia.
There’s no denying the blame should be placed on DePuy, but it might have helped to pinpoint the problem and thereby withdrawing the ASR devices sooner if there existed a similar joint registry in the United States.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons initiated the creation of the American Joint Replacemennt Registry promising a decrease in similar incidents to happen again. Nationally, 15 hospitals have launched pilot programs in October. The program will closely keep an eye on individual artificial hips implanted by participating surgeons and hospitals. According to Dr. William J. Maloney, an orthopedic surgeon, “The advantages of a registry are many. You can pool patients, provide contemporary information and do postmarket surveillance. It can lead to evidence-based practice, generate research questions and be, in and of itself, a research tool.” In Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia, the need for a revision surgery was reduced dramatically to as high as 10 percent.
However, the suffering endured by ASR hip replacement victims is undeniable. DePuy should be made to compensate the losses you endured and a hip replacement lawyer can increase your chances of acquiring it. Contact a lawyer to give you a free case evaluation at the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall information website.
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