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Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Recall Defective Hip Replacements

August 30th, 2010

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson recalled both its ASR acetabular cups used in hip replacement arthroplasty and total hip replacements. The Johnson and Johnson recall comes more than two years after the Food and Drug Administration began receiving complaints and follows a determination that the failure rate for both ASR acetabular cups was more than 12%.

The ASR acetabular cups are a metal-on-metal device, a design that according to the New York Times, is coming under increasing scrutiny due to the potential for generating large amounts of metal debris during normal wear and tear. Such debris can negatively impact soft tissue and evolve into a health issue for some patients.

DePuy’s ASR cup, was approved for use in 2005 by the FDA but “was cleared through a regulatory pathway that did not require it to undergo clinical trials,” reports the New York Times.

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