Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced the resignation of David Floyd, president of DePuy Orthopaedics in March 2011. DePuy is a part of J&J’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics group. Floyd, who has headed up DePuy since 2007, is leaving to pursue other interests, says J&J.
DePuy has confronted numerous problems since it recalled two of its hip implant devices, the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, in August 2010.
Hip implants are expected to last a minimum of 15 years. According to reports, the recalled DePuy systems are failing at a rate of 12 to 13 percent within five years of transplantation. When a hip implant fails, patients will require revision surgery to fix the problems with the implant.
Patients with failed hip implants have reported pain in the area where the hip was implanted, loosening of the implant, and difficulty walking and/or standing. In addition, surgeons have complained that the devices are difficult to implant because of their configuration.
Another problem with the implant is its metal-on-metal design. The devices are made so that the moveable parts of the implant can glide more smoothly against each other. But, the metal-on-metal friction is causing debris to be cast off by the implants and inflame other body tissues.
To date, 93,000 of the recalled hip implants have been implanted in patients around the world. Doctors are being asked to contact their implant patients so that their implants can be evaluated.
DePuy is facing more than 500 lawsuits at this time filed by patients and their loved ones for the hip transplant failures. Claimants contend the implants have caused pain and suffering in addition to costly medical care.
Last year, DePuy’s profits reached $5.59 billion. Earnings in the last quarter declined, however, due to decreasing sales and a growing number of lawsuits.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., was established in 1895 to help patients retain, restore, and improve their ability to move. The company is headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana. Products include treatments for hips, knees, extremities, trauma, and the operating room, plus bone cement.
DePuy, whose motto is “never stop moving,” includes a number of companies in addition to DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. They are Spinal Care-DePuy Spine, Inc., Sports Medicine-DePuy Mitek, Inc., and Neuroscience Therapies-Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
For more information, contact a DePuy hip implant lawyer today.