One of several lawsuits has been filed this month by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against DePuy Orthopaedics regarding the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement devices. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received a DePuy ASR hip implant in October 2007, and was suffering from pain, and had elevated cobalt and chromium levels due to the hip device.
DePuy Orthopaedics parent company Johnson & Johnson issued a worldwide recall of the ASR Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System in 2010 after the National Joint Registry of England and Wales reported that 1 out of every 8 patients with the ASR systems had to undergo revision surgery within five years. At the time of the recall, more than 93,000 people around the world had an ASR system implanted.
In March of this year, the Lancet published a large study which found that patients with metal-on-metal hips have a 6.2 percent chance of needed a replacement within five years. The authors of the study recommended that “metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival compared with other options and should not be implanted.”
In February, a report published in the British Medical Journal suggested that all metal hip device manufacturers knew about the serious long-term health effects of the devices, but failed to warn consumers. The report warned that recipients of the metal-on-metal hip devices may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic, and possibly cancer causing metal from the failing devices.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a 62-year-old Virginian, alleges that she was injured by the device, and seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as medical monitoring.