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DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Recall

Stephen Moore with the latest news about ASR hip product claims

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recalled metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement devices, manufactured by subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Orthopaedics, in August 2010. The products at the centre of the recall were the 'ASR XL Acetabular System' - a total hip replacement system - and the 'ASR Hip Resurfacing System'. These implants have been used in the UK since 2003 and account for around 10,000 of the MoM hips fitted since that time.

The UK Joint Replacement Registry confronted DePuy Orthopaedics with data indicating that patients fitted with ASR implants suffered higher than expected rates of revision surgery. This prompted DePuy to issue a voluntary recall of the ASR devices. The British Orthopaedic Association and the British Hip Society released data on the ASR XL system showing the rate of revision surgery ranging from 21% after four years to 49% after six years. This is significantly higher than DePuy were initially suggesting. DePuy have set aside $3 billion to cover compensation claims.

Patients fitted with DePuy MoM implants have been advised by the MHRA to visit their doctor for a blood test. As parts of the joint rub together and wear, metal debris can be produced which causes inflammation affecting muscle and bone. Metal toxins can also seep into tissue and the bloodstream. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Tony Nargol, in an interview with BBC Newsnight and the British Medical Journal is quoted as saying: “We are seeing patients with 10, 20, 50 times normal levels. I think our highest is nearly 300”.

For patients fitted with any type of MoM hip replacement the MHRA has recommend lifetime annual blood testing and MRI scans if metal levels are shown to be raised.

The clinical negligence team at Slee Blackwell can help you to make a defective hip compensation claims if you have been fitted with a DePuy or ASR product or any other failed metal on metal hip implants. To contact a member of our team for a free, independent assessment call 0800 955 1038 or email solicitor James McNally at

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