Hip Implants: Did Johnson & Johnson Know About Defects 2 Years Before Recall?

By Ian Kar on January 28, 2013 5:11 PM EST

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Johnson and Johnson is involved in a scandalous lawsuit surrounding defective hip implants. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Hip implants defects is why Johnson & Johnson is involved in a trial that started in California today. J&J is being sued for fraud and negligence. 

It was previously reported that the FDA started implementing stringier regulations for hip replacement surgery using ASR all metal hip implants. The metal implants last 15 years, which is still longer than traditional implants made of ceramic or a combination of metal and plastic. According to the court documents, companies started marketing the all-metal hip implants without properly testing them beforehand. AboutLawsuits.com says the friction of the metal ball against the cup can damage the bone and soft tissue around the implant. To rectify this, those who are adversely affected by the metal implant need to go through another painful hip replacement surgery. 

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Apparently, court documents showed that Johnson & Johnson, who sold the metal hip implants, knew that they were fault in 2008, though they officially recalled them 2 years later in 2010. According to CBS, ""a 2011 company review of a patient registry concluded that more than one-third of the implants were expected to fail within five years of their implantation."

According to Reuters, over 10,000 lawsuits have been filed since the recall. Even though it was a voluntary recall, the companies involved set up a reimbursements program to pay for the patients' medical bills and other related costs. 

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