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Misleading Ads Published in DePuy’s Brochure

Ads published by DePuy show men and women engaged in activities which lead the public to think their product enhances range of motion, when in fact the product has caused many dangers to patients. DePuy Orthopaedics (the orthopedic division of Johnson & Johnson) published a brochure in 2005 which shows one man playing basketball and the other swimming. A woman in her mid-to late forties is also shown stretching. DePuy marketed its ASR XL Acetabular System artificial implant to younger patients by showing its excellent range of motion and stability in ads like these.

The brochure stated that “The increased range of motion minimizes the risk of dislocation significantly increasing joint stability and allowing the patient to enjoy a more active and fulfilling life after their operation.” And that the ASR “combines unsurpassed long-term survivorship with lower component wear, improved function and less chance of dislocation.”

Despite their claims, the ASR actually has a higher chance of dislocation, wear and loosening. It also presents the risk of shedding harmful metal debris into the bloodstream. A patient whose device failed must submit to a second, riskier “revision” surgery. The DePuy ASR implant is also at higher risk for younger patients could face life-long disability, yet DePuy will only compensate only for “out-of-pocket” expenses.

The hip replacement recall has affected 93,000 people across the world and research has shown that the implant may fail up to 50% of the time after 6 years. As a hip recall lawyer, I highly advise that younger patients of the DePuy hip implant seek legal counsel and do not approach DePuy directly. Patients affected by the DePuy recall are entitled to full compensation for medical expenses as well as future damages.

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