Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Nights & Weekends 410-332-0045
Call Us 410-752-1880
The People's Choice
Injured? Main Menu View Practice Areas

Developments in DePuy Hip Replacement Product Liability Case

Increasing media buzz is being devoted to a subject that we introduced to our readers in a blog post last month (November 24), namely, the hip replacement recalls made by DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, and the attendant product liability suits that are lining up to challenge its manufacturing defects.

In our earlier post, we chronicled the serious problems experienced by many users of the metal-on-metal implant, as well as the need for many of them to have second remedial surgeries to remove the replacement hip and undo the damage caused by it.

The product has been reported to fail at more than a 10 percent rate, and within an impressively short amount of time. Recipients of the implant routinely cite sharp pain and a lesser quality of life. DePuy has recalled about 90,000 of the artificial hip systems.

Now, and given the rising tide of patient complaints from across the country, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated the suits before one federal judge in the Northern District of Ohio.

Evidence concerning what has been termed a "troubling loophole" in the FDA's regulation of implants is likely to receive prominent coverage going forward. Unlike the introduction of new drugs, which must pass through clinical trials and an exhaustive amount of overall testing, some implants can be directly introduced into the market without testing if they resemble an already existing product. This was the case with DePuy's hip replacements.

U.S. District Judge David A. Katz will conduct a court hearing on the consolidated suits on January 20, 2011.

Related Resource: www.wsj.com "DePuy's Hip Replacement: The New Big Thing in Product Liability Suits?" December 17, 2010

2 Comments

would like to be kept abreast of developments as I cancelled a hip replacement surgery scheduled for 12/29/10 with a potential Depuy implant due to the recall developments and am in a holding postion until more info is available- thank you-

i am a medicl related person for last 7 years....&we r using all depuy proructs..both knee and hip.it is the only implant which suits all patients......the only problem is ur distributor should be good

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Scroll to Top

Our Office Locations

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
347 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore Law Office Map

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
112 W. Penn. Ave Suite 302
Bel Air, MD 21014

Bel Air Law Office Map

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
153 West Patrick, Suite A
Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick Law Office Map

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
7420 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Glen Burnie Law Office Map

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1760 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221

Essex Law Office Map

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1 Olympic Place, Suite 900
Towson, MD 21204

Towson Law Office Map