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DePuy Allegedly Says Patients Liable For Surgery After Hip Recall

DePuy Allegedly Says Patients Liable For Surgery After Hip Recall

In September, we reported on Gulf War veteran Scott Almhjell. Almhjell was one of 93,000 people who had undergone hip replacement surgery to have a DePuy hip device implanted. Shortly after surgery he began suffering agonizing pains. He discovered in August that the hip device he was implanted with was recalled by DePuy for a high rate of failure. DePuy responded to his request for reimbursement by telling him he was responsible for his own injuries and denying his claim.

Now, Almhjell has joined many others in filing a lawsuit against DePuy for not warning surgeons or patients about the defective devices, long after the company had documented evidence of the device faults. Not only have thousands of patients had to suffer unimaginable pain from the device, “But the subsequent problem, according to a growing number of lawsuits filed by patients who have the implants, accuse the device maker of shirking its responsibility,” an NBC Chicago article reports.

Another patient, Scotty MacGregor received the implant and had to undergo a revision surgery to have the device replaced after she suffered severe pains from the DePuy replacement. After MacGregor filed a lawsuit against DePuy, she received the same answers from the company that Almhjell did. Namely, that MacGregor had caused the injuries herself. NBC quoted DePuy’s reply telling her she “was negligent, careless and at fault and conducted herself so as to contribute substantially to her alleged injuries and damages.”

The article quotes the response they received from DePuy when asked for comments about the pending lawsuits. The company sent a copy of a document that appears on their website, It states, “However, recent data from the UK National Joint Registry showed that approximately 12% of patients who received an ASR hip required revision surgery within five years of implantation. After reviewing this data, DePuy concluded that it was in the best interests of patients to conduct a recall.”

References:

Newsome Law Firm Staff Writer. (September 21, 2010) “Gulf war veteran, others file lawsuits against DePuy over faulty hip replacements.” Retrieved on November 9, 2010 from the Newsome Law Firm.

Parker, Lisa. (October 28, 2010) “Despite Recall, Company Says Patients Liable for Revision Surgeries.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from NBC Chicago.

Johnson & Johnson-Funded Surgeons Warn Patients About Hip Implants

Johnson & Johnson-Funded Surgeons Warn Patients About Hip Implants

DePuy Orthopedics issued a recall of their ASR Acetabular hip replacement device and one other device in August of 2010. A 24-7 Press Release article quoted in full on the Medical Quack web site reveals that DePuy sent a packet to orthopedic surgeons two days before making the recall public. The packet announced the upcoming recall and instructed surgeons to pass along a medical release form to patients with the recalled device implanted.

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DePuy Hip Recalls Receiving Scarce Media Coverage

DePuy Hip Recalls Receiving Scarce Media Coverage

Since DePuy issued a recall of its ASR hip replacement devices in August of this year, very few major news outlets have covered local, national or internation stories related to the nearly 100,000 patients who received the faulty hip implants. A Google News search of “DePuy Hip Replacement” yields about 4 pages of articles. Most of the articles are press releases and news reports by legal teams representing plaintiffs against DePuy. So, why are major news outlets avoiding this important news item?

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New Class Action Suit Claims DePuy Deceived Patients

New Class Action Suit Claims DePuy Deceived Patients

On September 30, 2010, a new class action lawsuit was filed against DePuy in the U.S. District Court for the Northen District of Ohio. The most recent suit alleges that the company is deliberately deceiving patients and misleading them to believe they will be refunded the price of surgery and the hip replacement, as well as other associated medical costs.

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DePuy Hip Recall Draws Massive Legal Attention

DePuy Hip Recall Draws Massive Legal Attention

Over 93,000 patients around the world received a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant between 2003 and 2010. In August of 2010, DePuy issued a recall of the devices after massive amounts of evidence demonstrated a much higher than average failure rate – 13% in the first five years after surgery – in the recalled devices. A few lawsuits against DePuy were filed even before the recall began. Now, a few months into the recall, the number of hip replacement lawsuits increases almost daily.

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Depuy Hip Recall Prompts Medical, Legal Attention

Depuy Hip Recall Prompts Medical, Legal Attention

Surgeons in Ireland, Australia, and all over the United States are calling for much more thorough and efficient monitoring of hip implants after DePuy Orthopedics announced a massive recall of its ASR hip replacement devices in August 2010. The recall came after mounting evidence began to show 13% failure rate for the devices in less than five years after having them implanted.

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Hip Recall Lawsuits Claim DePuy Knew Of Defects

Hip Recall Lawsuits Claim DePuy Knew Of Defects

The question in many minds after hearing of the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall is Why did DePuy continue selling the devices in America two years after pulling them from the Australian market for defective parts and materials? That is a question DePuy will have to answer in court. Many people who experienced problems with their hip implants before the devices were recalled in August 2010 didn’t even know the problems were due to the implant itself.

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DePuy Hip Devices Leave Many Patients Handicapped for Life

DePuy Hip Devices Leave Many Patients Handicapped for Life

When a drug or a medical device gets recalled for malfunctioning or endangering the health and lives of patients, it can profoundly affect the lives of the individuals involved. That is certainly the case with the nearly 100,000 patients around the world who received the DePuy ASR hip replacement implants. DePuy issued a recall of their products in August 2010, leaving many patients still wondering what to do next.

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