The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc and parent company Johnson & Johnson alleging that the DePuy ASR hip implant caused the plaintiff severe pain and injury as well as elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in her blood.
The lawsuit joins thousands of other federally filed lawsuits consolidated under U.S. District Judge David Katz and alleging the defective ASR devices caused serious injury. The lawsuit says that the 51-year-old plaintiff had a bi-lateral DePuy ASR hip implant on February 13, 2007. By October 2010, the cobalt and chromium levels in her blood had elevated, she was in severe pain, and needed risky revision surgery. In June 2011, the plaintiff had the ASR hip replacements explanted.
The Food and Drug Administration is conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR devices, and had requested 21 manufacturers to conduct studies to determine how much metallic debris is shed by the devices.
According to Parker Waichman LLP, the FDA will hold a meeting on June 27 and 28 to discuss the risks and potential benefits of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices and make recommendations regarding their use.