Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit News Update
Ennis & Ennis P.A. Provides Updates on DePuy Metal Hip Trial
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02/24/2013 - Jurors continue to hear testimony in the lawsuit of Loren Kransky, who claims injury from a DePuy ASR all metal hip manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Kransky and thousands of others claim the ASR hip was defectively designed and the company failed to warn of known risks. These risks include loosening of the implant which may fracture the surrounding bone, chronic pain/swelling/inflammation, necrosis of the tissue surrounding the implant and release of metal particles. These metal particles, primarily cobalt and chromium, can enter the bloodstream and migrate to other parts of the body. Experts for both sides have testified as well as several J&J executives.
J&J‘s own employees appear to have given contradictory testimony during the trial. Earlier this week, DePuy marketing executive, Randall Kilburn testified that three years before J&J recalled the metal-on-metal hip implant, company employees feared potential backlash over metal ion debris in patients, clearly a safety concern. In fact, at a July 2007 sales meeting, a J&J sales force saw a PowerPoint presentation titled: ”What scares us most in the year ahead? The first answer was: “Metal ion backlash,” according to Bloomberg news. At a later sales conference in 2008, Kilburn announced that the ASR hip division had increased sales in 2007 by $62 billion from 2006, exclaiming “Game on!” to the sales force, even after he received information regarding the potential dangers of the DePuy ASR implant.
However, David Floyd, the former president of J&J’s DePuy unit testified that months before recalling 93,000 all metal hip implants, the company phased out the implant due to declining sales and not due to safety concerns. According to Floyd the decision to halt ASR sales evolved from a company process called, “rationalization,” to streamline the ASR “from a very large sprawling one to a more focused one.” Floyd insists that the decision to rationalize was not based on clinical data but for business reasons. Kransky’s lawyers, however, maintain that J&J failed to heed growing complaints by surgeons regarding the high revision rates and that in 2008 J&J considered a redesign of the ASR but abandoned it. U.S. sales ceased by July 2010 and the company issued a recall a month later after learning of the high failure rates of the device.
Plaintiff, Loren Kransky also testified this week claiming he feared that an additionally surgery to replace his failed ASR would kill him. However, he was advised that something in his body was poisoning him and he had no choice. Also testifying was Paul Arnott, DePuy’s complaint and vigilance manager. Arnott told the jury that he had prepared a recall letter in January 2010, some eight months before recall, but that the company’s Health Hazard Evaluation committee rejected it and sent a field safety notice instead. The HHE committee didn’t feel the data it reviewed warranted a recall at that time. The case is expected to go to a jury for deliberation in the next few days. Thousands of patients injured by the DePuy ASR device are anxiously awaiting the jury’s verdict.
Ennis & Ennis, P.A. continues to offer free, nationwide, confidential consultations to anyone who received any metal-on-metal hip device including the DePuy Pinnacle, DePuy ASR, Stryker Rejuvenate, ABGII and Accolade, Wright Conserve and Profemur and Biomet M2A Magnum by calling toll free 1-800-856-6405 or by going to www.ennislaw.com and completing an online case evaluation form.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective metal on metal hip replacement implant you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Hip Replacement Lawsuit Attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have about a hip replacement lawsuit or a possible hip replacement class action lawsuit. Fill out the free hip replacement lawsuit case evalution form on this page or contact our Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit Lawyers directly by calling toll-free: 1.800.856.6405.