DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson is the largest producer of health-related products in the world with revenue of $65 billion in 2012 alone. Unfortunately, the company has recalled over ten products since 2009, including the DePuy ASR hip implant.
DePuy Manufacturing was originally founded in 1895 in Warsaw, Indiana by Revra DePuy. The company started by designing and manufacturing fiber splints that were used to set bone fractures. DePuy’s fiber splints replaced earlier methods of using wood from barrels.
DePuy was purchased by Johnson & Johnson in 1998 and came to be organized under the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics group. The subsidiary now develops and manufactures medical products under the brand names DePuy Mitek, DePuy Orthopaedics, Codman and DePuy Spine.
DePuy currently operates from several different countries besides the United States, including France, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The company manufactures approximately one-third of all hip implant devices used in hip replacement surgeries in the United States. The ASR XL Hip Implant was used in more than 93,000 patients between 2005 and 2010, generating approximately $5.4 billion in revenue from 2009 alone.
DePuy Orthopaedics made headlines in August of 2010 when they announced a full recall of their ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant. Studies have shown that the chromium and cobalt construction of these devices can release toxic shavings into the bloodstream, causing metallic poisoning, tissue damage and other long-term problems.
As part of the recall, DePuy indicated that as many as 13% of patients may require revision surgery. Now, studies in the United States, U.K. and Australia show the early failure rate may be as high as 24% to 44%.
This year, Johnson & Johnson announced it would commit more than $4 billion to settle legal claims related to the recall from patients who needed revision surgery. They have also ndicated they will settle lawsuits from those patients who have yet to undergo surgery.
If you or a family member received a DePuy hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer before you sign anything from the manufacturer. Lawyers are available to discuss your case at no cost to let you know your options and how long you have to take action.
Defective medical device lawsuits can be very complex. Therefore, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience fighting powerful medical companies in this type of case. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled DePuy hip lawsuits.
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