Premature failure of a hip replacement often occurs because the implant is poorly designed, a mistake was made in the manufacturing process, or a medical error occurred during or after surgery.
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Two Tales of Past Hip Replacement Lawsuits, Recalls and Settlements – Bad Medical Devices Hurt People
Many hip implant devices are manufactured and sold by companies that are trusted household names like Johnson & Johnson. Yet, like all companies, medical device makers are businesses, motivated by profit and run by people who make mistakes or even hide information in order to further their financial interests.
In the past, the sale of badly designed or defectively manufactured hip implants have injured thousands of people and led to thousands of lawsuits and billions of dollars of settlement payments.
Two examples of very large hip replacement recalls of bad hip implant devices show how mistakes and the motivation to put profits ahead of safety can lead to very bad injuries to unsuspecting patients.
Johnson & Johnson – DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall
In 2005, DePuy Orthopaedics brought to market a so-called metal-on-metal hip replacement device named the DePuy ASR XL.
The promise of this device was that its metal-on-metal bearings would last longer than the metal-on-polyethylene hip replacements that surgeons had successfully used for years, and allow younger patients to be more active. However, in its rush to get the ASR to market, DePuy failed to adequately test the ASR.
By 2010, DePuy had sold 93,000 ASR devices, which had been implanted in patients around the world. It soon became clear, however, that the ASR was a badly flawed device. It soon became clear that the ASR was prematurely failing at an alarming rate – in nearly 40% of patients. The metal-bearings would edge-load, causing metal debris to be released into the patient’s blood and damaging tissue and bone.
In August 2010, DePuy issued a recall for the device. This was little consolation for patients who already had the device implanted and needed a surgery to remove it.
DePuy subsequently agreed to pay nearly 4 billion dollars to patients who had ASR hip implants surgically removed before January 31, 2015 – an average settlement of about $250,000 per patient.
Sulzer Medica – Inter-Op Hip Replacement Recall
In 1999, Sulzer Orthopaedics began selling a hip replacement device called Inter-Op acetabular shells. The device consisted of a metal ball on stem, which was attached to the femur. The metal ball fit into a metal cup, called a hip shell, which was implanted into the pelvis. It was expected that the bone of the pelvis would grow into the back of the cup creating a strong attachment.
Starting in September 2000, Sulzer Medica began receiving reports of loosening of a many of Inter-Op acetabular shells implants. On December 8, 2000, Sulzer Medica recalled 31,000 Inter-Op acetabular shells, but unfortunately 17,500 had already been implanted in patients.
It turned out that Sulzer failed to remove an oil residue left on the back of the cup shell during manufacturing. The oily residue prevented the cup shell from growing into the pelvis by inhibiting bone growth. This caused the shell to loosen and the hip implant to prematurely fail. By February 2005, 2,353 Sulzer implants were removed.
In May 2002, Sulzer Medica settled a class action lawsuit by recipients of the Inter-Op acetabular shells for $1 billion. Each patient who had undergone a revision received $160,000, with an additional $1,600 to each of their dependents. Lesser amounts were awarded to patients who had been unable to have revision surgery or did not need revision.
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