• High Failure Rate of DePuy ASR Hip Known 2 Years Before Actual Recall
  • January 31, 2013
  • Law Firm: Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP - San Francisco Office
  • Officials at DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson had already learned of the high failure rates with the DePuy ASR all-metal hip replacement implant in 2008, two years before recalling the product from the market in 2010.

    Instead of immediately recalling the product after learning such data, a DePuy official responded by claiming DePuy "need[ed] to start any ASR upgrade sooner than [their] previous plans suggested." This information is contained in documents released to the public in a California state court lawsuit against DePuy for allegedly manufacturing and selling a faulty implant.

    In a separate internal analysis conducted by DePuy in 2011, it was projected that almost 40 percent of DePuy ASR hip implants would fail within five years, as reported in the New York Times.

    Typical failure rate for artificial hip implants are no more than 5 percent in five years.