The DePuy hip implant was only released to the medical market in 2005 but has reportedly experienced dramatic failure rates during its short lifespan.
DePuy is one of the oldest orthopedic companies in the world and was established in Indiana in 1895. It was famously purchased from Roche Pharmaceuticals in 1998 by Johnston and Johnston who are the largest healthcare product manufacturers in the world.
DePuy manufactures around 1/3 of all hip replacement implants used in the USA. This is not the first time a Johnston and Johnston product has been recalled, since September 2009 this is the 11th recall of a Johnston and Johnston product. Worryingly the DePuy implant has been used in more than 93,000 patients worldwide between 2005 and 2010. Apparently patients have been reporting problems with their implants very soon after its release. Back in 2007 approximately 100 patients who had implants reported problems. By 2008 over 200 patients reported problems and by 2009 this had reached the 300 mark. If you or anyone else you know has had a DePuy hip implant between 2005 and 2010 it is important that you contact a solicitor to find out your rights.