Johnson & Johnson Recalls two hip replacement systems affecting thousands

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DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recently recalled two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – due to a higher-than-normal failure rate of the devices. Despite the devices’ marketed success since they were approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2003, many patients have experienced serious side effects from the hip replacement systems.

The recalled hip replacement systems have been used in more than 93,000 hip replacements since they were approved six years ago. In the past two years, the FDA has received more than 300 complaints regarding the devices, including loose hip cups, hip dislocations, bone fractures, pseudotumors from metal debris, allergic reactions and permanent muscle and tissue damage. Data has shown that in the five years following implantation of the ASR Hip System, 12% of patients who received the ASR resurfacing device, and 13% of patients who received the ASR total replacement system, have required a subsequent hip revision surgery to correct the medical problems caused by the ASR system.

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