As DePuy hip recall attorneys, we have heard many disturbing reports which place the blame for the DePuy hip recall squarely at the doorstep of the United States .
FDA “Approves” Implants by Default
Although most hip implant patients assumed that their hip replacement manufacturer (e.g., DePuy, Zimmer, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, etc.) received approval from the FDA for their device, this assumption is not entirely accurate. For years, the FDA has permitted a regulatory loophole under FDA 510(k) which permits the release of new medical devices like the DePuy hip implant, Zimmer NexGen knee implant, and other medical devices, to be placed onto the market without first receiving a comprehensive review by the FDA. How? Because this loophole permits implant manufacturers, like DePuy, to obtain FDA approval if a medical device manufacturer shows that its device is “substantially equivalent” in safety and effectiveness to another FDA approved device.
Ironically, although DePuy claimed its ASR XL Acetabular or Resurfacing implants were “substantially equivalent” to other hip implants, DePuy was not required to make its product out of the same metals as already existing marketed hip implants. As such, reports have shown that the FDA never considered the effects of the chromium and cobalt metals used in DePuy’s hip implants. As a result, consumer advocates have argued that the FDA allowed DePuy to use – without any FDA testing- potentially hazardous metals in a medical device without proper oversight.
DePuy Hip Recall Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
The DePuy hip recall shows the potential danger in this process. What is the lesson? All potential hip implant patients should specifically ask whether their hip implant device has received formal FDA approval or was approved through the FDA 510(k) loophole. As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, we strongly encourage and current recipients of a DePuy hip replacement to contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
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