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Wisconsin Lawsuits Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics

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80 Wisconsinites have filed a product liability lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics alleging they have all received and been injured by the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices and face a lifetime of health issues.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed across the globe against DePuy for their ASR and ASR XL hip systems for design defects that have cause serious and painful injury, sometimes resulting in the need for revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty hip. Investigations found that the ASR hip systems had a higher than normal failure rate, shed metal ions, can cause infection and decay in nearby bone and tissue, and can cause blood toxicity.

Class action lawsuits have also been filed against DePuy by patients who want the company to pay for testing and monitoring to ensure the hip replacement device isn’t failing or causing metal ion poisoning.

DePuy Orthopaedics recalled the faulty ASR XL Acetabular Hip System in August 2010, but reports of complaints had been pouring in for several years before that.

The Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate the DePuy ASR system as well as other metal-on-metal replacements, and has requested manufacturers to provide more data on metal poisoning caused the by devices. disclaimer: This article: Wisconsin Lawsuits Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics was posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 8:10 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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