A law firm in Dublin has reported that over 60 patients who received faulty hip replacement systems manufactured by the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group of DePuy have contacted the firm and at least 80 percent of them are preparing to file lawsuits.
Approximately 3,282 patients have had the DePuy ASR hip system implanted and nearly one-third of the implant surgeries were performed at a clinic in Waterford, however, clinic chief executive Donal O’Farrell said that the DePuy hip implant issues and resulting recall do “not reflect on the quality of healthcare provided at the” clinic, the Irish Examiner reported.
The DePuy ASR hip systems were recalled in 2010 after the British National Joint Registry found that 12 percent to 13 percent of all patients who had the device implanted underwent revision surgery within five years of implantation. Another study found ASR total hip replacement implant failure rates to be at up to 50% at the six-year mark.
Health regulators have also raised concerns regarding the metal-on-metal device shedding metal debris into the body, and are considering making updates to patient safety information regarding the metal debris.