DePuy’s ASR hip recall basically confirmed the allegations of high reports of early failure rate, but as more information is exposed about the prosthetic’s recall, more secrets are exposed. Metallosis, or metal poisoning, in DePuy ASR hip implant patients has been reported but is an allegation DePuy has not yet acknowledged.
As a South Carolina personal injury attorney it is frustrating to hear that along with the high failure rate of ASR hip devices, which took DePuy more than two years to acknowledge and recall, it may also be ignoring concerns of metal poisoning with the device.
The majority of the metallosis reports come from overseas. The London Times reported 40,000 ASR hips were being reviewed in England for metal poisoning just three months before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall of DePuy hips in July 2010. The reports claimed metal debris from the hip devices were causing “aggressive clinical metal inflammatory failure.”
DePuy has yet to acknowledge the issue of metallic poisoning, but it has offered to pay some medical compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses. As a South Carolina DePuy hip implant attorney , I think this is absurd. The evidence is piling up and people who have received these devices are entitled to damages and compensation for future medical expenses. One in eight DePuy device patients already have to undergo potentially dangerous revision surgery. Who knows how many may be affected by potentially fatal metal poisoning?