Product Liability Update: DePuy LPS Sleeve Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson unit which manufacturers a range of medical devices, has issued another recall of one of its products. Already facing thousands of lawsuits related to the recall of their ASR metal-on-metal hip replacements, an additional DePuy product is now the subject of yet another nationwide recall. The FDA recently issued a Class I recall of DePuy's Limb Preservation System (LPS) Diaphyseal Sleeve devices commonly used in reconstructive knee surgery. The Class I classification is reserved for defective products that could potentially cause serious adverse health effects or death.
In January, DePuy had advised healthcare providers that they should immediately stop using the LPS sleeves and return them. After receiving a number of complaints about the device, the FDA followed suit and initiated a nationwide Class I recall on February 15, 2013. While the full scope of the recall is not yet clear, the FDA reports that a component in the device may be too weak to support the weight applied during normal walking activity. Ultimately, this could cause severe complications resulting in loss of the limb or limb function, soft tissue damage, infection, or even death. For more information on the FDA recall, continue reading here.
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