DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is under intense scrutiny right now as news regarding their hip implant recall comes to light. Some reports claim that the company received reports regarding failed implants four years ago, but failed to take action. In early 2010, the company began to pull their product from the market, trying to claim that they were phasing the ASR™ systems out due to poor sales. It wasn’t until August of 2010 that they finally took the steps to issue a legitimate recall due to high rates of early failure requiring corrective surgery.
As a hip replacement recall attorney, I can’t say I was all that surprised when I found out that the FDA has asked the company to remove two other DePuy products from the market. The company’s TruMatch™ knee replacement device was being sold without clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. In addition their Corail® hip replacement device was marketed with false information, according to this warning letter issued by the FDA. DePuy claimed that the product was used without any cement adhesive when they received approval from the FDA, when in fact marketing brochures show the opposite.
DePuy has really proven themselves to be corporate giants putting profits before patients. They are obviously more interested in making money than offering a good product which has been tested and proven. As a hip recall attorney, this is exactly why I urge my clients not to speak with a DePuy representative or sign any documents. A skilled product liability attorney is needed to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.