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Developer of DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Ignored Safety Warnings
April 20, 2012 |DePuy News | Posted by: Linda Grayling
DePuy Hip Replacement helpline lawyers are accepting cases from people needing revision surgeries from:

  •     DePuy Hip Replacement
  •     ASR Hip Replacement
  •     ASR Hip Recall
  •     ASR Hip metal on Metal toxicity
  •     ASR Hip Lawsuit
  •     Pinnacle Hip Replacement
  •     Depuy Knee replacement
  •     High Flex Knee replacement
  •     Knee Replacement Recalls

One of the primary developers of DePuy’s defective ASR hip replacement, Dr. Thomas Schmalzried, has been questioned in the ongoing legal proceedings against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.

“The lawsuit accuses him of assisting in DePuy’s marketing efforts, promoting the devices to his peers and publishing papers that were later used by DePuy sales teams to defer safety concerns raised by other orthopedic surgeons,” according to MassDevice.com.

Schmalzried was a consultant for DePuy, and he received more than $2.4 million in “royalty income for intellectual property and/or product development” in 2010 and 2011. Bloomberg News has reported that in addition to receiving payments for product development, Schmalzried attended DePuy meetings in support of the ASR products and actively promoted them to his peers.
Dr. Thomas Schmalzried – Developer DePuy ASR Hip Replacement

Dr. Thomas Schmalzried – Developer DePuy ASR Hip Replacement

Worse still, Schmalzried is accused of persuading other orthopaedic surgeons that their safety concerns over the ASR hip implants were unfounded. DePuy’s sales team used a paper Schmalzried wrote, “Setting the record straight on metal hypersensitivity,” to overcome such objections, the British Medical Journal reported.

Schmalzried is being named as a defendant in at least one DePuy ASR lawsuit filed by a California man. The plaintiff asserts, “Dr. Schmalzried and the DePuy representatives assured the orthopedic surgeons during these meetings that the ASR System was safe, was the best product on the market, had an excellent track record and a low and acceptable failure rate.”

Schmalzried is among a group of DePuy executives scheduled to be deposed by the end of May, including the Manager of Hip Product Development, the Vice President of U.S. Sales, the Vice President of World Marketing and the Product Director.

According to a press release, these depositions will cover topics such as the design, sale, promotion and marketing of the ASR hip implants, as well as communications relating to complications, post-market surveillance and recall of the devices. The DePuy executives have also been asked to produce documents, notes, outlines, presentation materials, testimonies and oral proposals prepared or given to them that reference or relate to the ASR hip systems.

About 3,500 lawsuits against DePuy have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) presided over by Judge David A. Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Only six plaintiffs — three in Nevada, one in Wisconsin, one in Florida and one in Utah — have earned the right to be excluded from the slow-moving MDL. Katz has set the next status conference for 11:30 a.m. May 1, 2012, at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and United States Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida.

DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are filing cases on Behalf of people injured by the DePuy metal on Metal Hip Replacement.

You must have been told you need or have gotten revision surgery or have proof of chromium or cobalt toxicity to qualify.

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