Thursday, February 7, 2013
Scott Ball, M.D.: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, U.C. San Diego.
Lise Markham: San Diegan implanted with the DePuy device in 2008. She runs the blog, hiphelp.org
Internal documents reveal that artificial hip maker Johnson & Johnson knew there were problems with the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System years before they recalled them.
This information has come out in the first trial against Johnson & Johnson in a Los Angeles courtroom.
DePuy declined to be interviewed for this story, but released this statement.
DePuy acted in the best interests of patients in deciding to voluntarily recall the ASR Hip System and in creating a program to work with patients and their health insurers to address medical costs directly associated with the recall. DePuy will vigorously defend itself against the allegations raised in the litigation and believes the evidence to be presented at trial will show the company acted appropriately and responsibly.