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Australian Class Action Lawsuits Being Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson

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Hundreds of Australians who had the faulty DePuy ASR hip replacement device implanted have joined together to file a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics.

Despite complaints and growing concern around the world regarding the DePuy ASR hip replacement device, the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) doesn’t feel there is a real problem with metal toxicity in those who have received the faulty device.

However, the lawsuit alleges that many of the hip recipients have suffered severe illnesses from metal poisoning from the implant. Two of the metals used in the hip device have been thought to leech metal ions. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has demanded that manufacturers of metal on metal devices (like the DePuy ASR) conduct a follow up study regarding the levels of cobalt and chromium.  High levels of these toxic metals have been found in some patients with metal on metal replacement devices.

DePuy issued a voluntary recall of the ASR device in 2009 in Australia, and a worldwide recall in 2010, however 5,500 Australians and nearly 93,000 people worldwide had already received the implant. Many of those patients had to undergo revision surgery, which is a painful and complex procedure to remove the faulty implant.

 

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Australian Class Action Lawsuits Being Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson was posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 8:45 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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