DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit Update: Rottenstein Law Group Concerned by J&J Admission of Increased Hip Implant Failure Rates

A Johnson & Johnson internal study found that recalled DePuy ASR hip replacements have a 37 percent failure rate after five years of use, according to a recent New York Times article. The Rottenstein Law Group monitors this situation with concern.

The internal study suggests that more of the 37,000 DePuy hip implant recipients in the United States than expected will have to undergo correction and replacement surgeries in the coming years, according to the Times article based on documents unsealed in a depuy asr lawsuitDePuy hip lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court), the first DePuy hip trial in the country to proceed beyond jury selection.

“This is more evidence of Johnson & Johnson’s breach of consumer trust,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “DePuy hip replacement recipients thought they were getting relief from hip problems, not more problems.”

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy recalled the ASR in 2010 and since then more than 10,000 people have sued in state and federal courts in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. As opposed to plastic and metal hip implants, which last 15 years or more prior to wearing out, metal-on-metal models such as the DePuy ASR began to fail in many patients soon after implantation, according to the Times article. One of the primary side effects of the DePuy ASR, according to the Times, is the creation of metal debris from device use. The metal can flake off into the body and cause severe tissue and bone damage.

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Discussion on Cancer Risk Factors

Based on the data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the incidence and types of cancer are influenced by various factors such as age, genetics, race, sex, diet, and environment. Some risk factors may be prevented while some may not. Also, cancer may develop due to a defective hip implant device, says the Telegraph. Recently, an article in the British Medical Journal discusses the unsafe history of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Hip surgeries are one of the most risky treatments. This surgery has been controversial due to possibility of hip device failure, such as the ones manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Defective prostheses device, like the recalled DePuy hip replacement system, is one of the problems of these procedures.

Recently, the Telegraph published an article about hip devices that allegedly caused cancer. The report somehow fit into the realization that cancer may develop from factors such as genetics, lifestyle, diet and physical activity, certain types of infections, environmental exposures to different types of chemicals, and radiation, according to the American Cancer Society.

A study funded by Cancer Research UK has estimated that a third of cancer cases in the UK are linked to smoking, alcohol, diet, or being overweight. For instance, studies suggest that people whose diet is high in fat have an increased risk of cancers of the colon, uterus, and prostate. Lack of physical activity and being overweight are risk factors for cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, and uterus.Meanwhile, up to 85 percent of cancers may be prevented by avoiding environmental risk factors like smoking, sun exposure, alcohol abuse and poor nutrition. Age, race, gender and family history cannot be changed. However, being aware of your other risks can help in devising a prevention strategy with regular screenings and healthy lifestyle choices.

Medical experts have been unable to fully explain the reason why one person develops cancer and another does not. However, various studies show that certain risk factors increase the chance of developing it. Among these, NCI reported that the most common are developing certain hormones; family history of cancer; alcohol abuse; poor diet; lack of physical activity; obesity; unsafe sexual intercourse; aging; smoking; sun exposure; exposure to radiation and certain chemicals; and contact with viruses and bacteria.

Many cancer risk factors may be avoided, thus reducing the likelihood of developing it. Most cancer-related deaths each year are caused by lung, stomach, liver, colon, and breast cancer, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). Cancer caused by medical devices are due to metal toxicity, like the recalled DePuy hip replacement devices of DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Based on a statistics published in 2009, cancer is a leading cause of death in most parts of the world. It accounted for 7.4 million deaths or around 13% in 2004. The increase in fatality count from cancer worldwide is estimated to continue, with some12 million deaths projected in 2030.