The DePuy Orthopaedics unit of Johnson & Johnson has recalled two types of hip implants that have failed one in eight patients and required a second surgery within five years. The standard hip implant lasts for 15 years.
DePuy recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System, a traditional hip implant procedure, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System last week. Only the traditional hip implant procedure is available in the United States. About 93,000 DePuy devices have been implanted worldwide.
The recall was issued because of friction between the implant’s metal components. The friction generates metal ions which affect the healing of the joint in some people. The device is also difficult for surgeons to properly implant in the precise location.
In the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has received about 400 complaints about DePuy hip implants.
The product recall is the latest in a series for Johnson & Johnson, which has pulled Tylenol and Acuvue contact lenses from shelves in recent months. The Tylenol recall is the subject of a federal inquiry over the company’s handling of over-the-counter product recalls.
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