Several years ago a medical device recall was issued that has grown into the largest and costliest such recall in history. In 2010, after months (perhaps even years) of pressure from safety groups, two versions of a hip implant system were recalled by a company called DePuy Orthopaedics. DePuy is owned by the largest medical products company in the world, Johnson & Johnson.
As we frequently discussed in the several years since the recall, various problems were identified with the metal-on-metal design of the systems. Metallic particles were suspected of flaking away and entering patient bloodstreams. All told. thousands of patients who received these products ultimately had them “fail.” Many of those patients required revision surgery and countless individuals suffered permanent damage as a result of defective devices.
Eventually, thousands of involved patients filed suit against the responsible company seeking accountability and redress for their losses. Over 11,000 such cases have since been filed.