Johnson & Johnson has just issued another hip implant device recall. The recall of its adept brand all-metal total hip replacement devices comes just over 2 years after its DePuy ASR metal-on-metal device was globally recalled. The Company is currently defending the first of 10,000 lawsuits it faces over that failed device.
DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of the company recalled its adept all-metal total hip replacement system due to higher-than expected revision surgery rates. The recall became affective last month and involves the top half of the hip replacement system. This is the ball at the top of the thigh bone which fits into the socket of the hip. The worldwide recall involves all 7,500 of its adept implants that were globally shipped from 2004 through to September 2011.
The company has said that the implants were sold to 21 countries and has advised Surgeons in Hospitals about the recall. The recall was implemented after the device maker reviewed data from national registries and joint replacement devices in 2 countries.
The adept is similar to the DePuy ASR, another metal-on-metal hip implant device. The first of the 10,000 lawsuits over the faulty ASR was brought by a former Prison Guard who underwent revision surgery to remove the device. He alleges that the device led to him suffering from dangerously high blood chromium and cobalt ion levels. His Lawyers have told Jurors in the USA that black pieces of metal flaked off the ASR and led to metal poisoning that could have killed their client had the device not been removed.
Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest provider of healthcare products and has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009. In addition to these all-metal hip implant devices, recalls have also involved non-prescription medicines, prescription drugs for epilepsy and contact lenses.
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