Depuy Hip Implant Help Dangerous Loophole

West Chester, Mason, and Cincinnati Ohio

If you have a Depuy implant you need help. See your doctor then get with a lawyer. You could be in for years of misery and you may have to get this removed. In fact I anticipate when the whole truth comes out anyone that has a Depuy hip implant will have to have it removed. And your life will never be the same. So how could this happen . Let the government take the lawyers and product liability law out of the equation and this will be the tip of the iceberg. Big business in bed with big government. You won't be able to sleep at night. The new yourk times did a great article on how this happened. Here it is in a nutshell. NO TESTING WAS REQUIRED. The brief and troubled life of DePuy’s A.S.R. hip points to a medical implant system that is piecemeal and broken on many fronts, critics say. Unlike new drugs, many of which go through a series of clinical trials before receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, critical implants can be sold without such testing if a device, like an artificial hip, resembles an implant already approved and used on patients. That way, manufacturers can rapidly make small changes to a device to improve it. But those simpler procedures have also effectively created a loophole, experts say, that lets producers bundle a component from an unapproved implant into an existing design and sell a device with minimal testing. With the A.S.R., that process unfolded with devastating results. “You are basically testing these devices in an uncontrolled way on a large number of people,” said Dr. Wolfe the director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and a longtime F.D.A. critic. As patients began complaining, doctors and regulators here remained largely unaware that the problem was widespread because no independent monitoring system exists in this country that tracks implant failures. Such a database, used in other countries, might have clued in American orthopedists to the problem. In addition, doctors who tried to sound an alert said they had been rebuffed by DePuy. There is no easy fix and patients face permanent damage.  For patients, the problems with the A.S.R. required additional painful operations in which the device was replaced with yet another artificial hip. For some, however, the damage to bone, muscles and nerves from the troubled device, which can shed tiny metallic particles, has left them permanently disabled. That damage can also complicate a replacement operation. The impact on individual patients also continues to be profound.  One example is a woman who now uses two canes to walk because of the hip tissue damage she suffered from an A.S.R. By Anthony Castelli Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Call 1-800-447-6549 for a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULT to discuss your options