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Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Recall

Records Reveal Company New of 40% Failure Rate

Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement

JAN 24, 2013 - Internal records show that Johnson & Johnson was well aware that a high percentage of its recalled hip replacement system would complately fail within five years of being surgically implanted. The study was conducted in 2011 after the recall as announced.

Additionally, Johnson & Johnson was trying its best to minimize the publicity generated by an independent study by a British implant registry that had pointed to unreasonably high failure rates in 2010.

The device, The Articular Surface Replacement (A.S.R.), has been shown to fail prematurely in nearly half of patients who have received it.

The first of more than 10,000 lawsuits is expected to go to trial this week, and is expected to set the tone for future settlement negotiations in similar claims. According to most legal experts, this scenario represents one of the largest episodes of medical device failures in decades. As the trial unfolds, more internal communications from Johnson & Johnson are expected to come to light.

The A.S.R. is part of a certain class of hip replacement systems in which all components were made of metal. Many surgeons stopped using the device independently of the recall, because of the metal-on-metal aspect of the unit, which was prone to grinding and wear, which in turn would result in free-floating metallic debris capable of damaging tissue and bone.

Roughly 93,000 patients have received the implant, with about 30,000 of the patients being from the United States.

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