Police in India Put Together Case Against Depuy Hip Implant
Indian Police Report Depuy Hip Implant Failure
Although the DePuy ASR hip implant has allegedly caused many injuries to residents of the U.S., countries across the globe are also coming forward in an effort to hold the manufacturer responsible for its product as patients worldwide allegedly continue to experience hip implant failure.
If you have been injured by a DePuy hip implant, you may be entitled to recover damages for your condition. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about pursuing a claim and seeking compensation for your injuries.
The DePuy hip implants in question were recalled in India in 2010, but Mahim Police are currently attempting to build a case against DePuy Medical by identifying and recording statements from 146 patients across the country. According to Indian Police, these patients allegedly received a DePuy hip implant and later suffered from metal toxicity as chromium and cobalt ions were deposited into the bloodstream.
The FDA joint commissioner stated that the agency has received medical reports of three patients who received the implant. These patients allegedly complained of pain and underwent revision therapies to have the devices removed. Documents pertaining to the surgeries were provided to the police in February 2014.
One patient experienced hip implant failure, prompting him to submit his blood test, CT scan, X-ray and other reports to the FDA. There are allegedly still chromium and cobalt ions in his blood as well as high tissue formation in his left thigh.
It was not until after Australia, Europe and the U.S. recalled the implant after receiving reports of hip implant failure that Johnson & Johnson removed the implants from the Indian market in 2010. However, prior to this, DePuy imported 15,829 units into India, and 4,700 devices were subsequently implanted into patients. According to FDA authorities, 1,295 devices were sent back, and the majority of the 4,700 fitted patients were unaware of the potential for hip implant failure.
Of these patients, 280 have registered a complaint with DePuy, and 68 indicated a need for a revision procedure due to the hip implant failure. Although Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement to approximately 8,000 patients in the U.S., investigations are slow-moving in India. Officials maintain that hip implant failure may occur as well as elevated chromium and cobalt ions in the bloodstream, soft tissue reactions or fluid collection.
A spokesperson for DePuy acknowledged that 35 percent of the total number of patients in India that received an ASR hip implant have been reached through a helpline. The company is reportedly continuing to work with physicians in an effort to notify additional ASR patients.
DePuy Hip Implant Allegedly Caused Injuries
Many of those who have been injured due to a DePuy hip implant have filed lawsuits in the U.S. against the company, alleging that the device caused several serious and life-threatening conditions such as:
- Metal toxicity or metallosis
- Neurological damage
- Limited mobility
- The need for revision procedures
- Pain and discomfort
- Damaged tissues and joints
- Early device failures
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If you or a loved one sustained injuries while fitted with a DePuy hip implant and you feel that the hip implant failure was to blame, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your legal rights. We offer no-obligation consultations, at no out-of-pocket cost, to those who have been fitted with a DePuy hip implant and subsequently suffered from complications. We will help answer your questions and connect you with an experienced attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.