An investigation into the DePuy metal hip will air on Monday, May 16, in Australia. The report called “Joint Reaction — How a revolutionary medical device that offered patients a new lease on life left many of them poisoned and crippled” will air on the ABC program Four Corners.
In the show, McDermott introduces viewers to several patients who were implanted with DePuy’s Articular Surface Replacement hip (ASR). One patient, a 76-year-old man who was very active, suffered metal poisoning after his implant. He had to have five surgeries after the ASR hip implant was installed and today can barely walk.
Another patient, a 43-year-old woman, was found to have toxic levels of Cobalt in her system caused by her hip implant, a serious medical condition called metallosis which can cause pseudo-tumors, heart problems and cancers.
In the news piece, McDermott seeks to answer these questions:
- How was the DePuy metal-on-metal technology approved?
- Who designed the DePuy ASR hip implant?
- Was the DePuy fully tested on humans before it was marketed?
The program quotes one patient saying:
“…the patients are the guinea pigs yes, and then they use the result when they put them in a patient.”
We hope we will be able to view this program some time in the future in the U.S. where thousands of people implanted with the hip and where the DePuy recall of the hip device did not occur for 2 years after the FDA had received nearly 400 complaints about the high failure rate of the device.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured and sickened due to the defective DePuy ASR hip implant. Our firm’s founder, Herb Farber, himself a hip implant patient, will work hard to fight for your rights and for the compensation you deserve for your injury.
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