DePuy Orthopedics has issued a Class I recall of the DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component due to the potential for fracture of the female component when exposed to normal physiologic loads while walking. The DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component was manufactured and distributed from February 2007 through May 2013 and was used to replace the mid-shaft portion of the femur, top, bottom or total femur, and top tibia. The component was frequently used in cases that required extensive resection, such as those involving tumors, severe trauma and serious infection. DePuy has advised surgeons, hospitals, and medical distributors to immediately discontinue use of the device as a result of the severe risks associated with its use.
Class I recalls are the most critical as they involve products deemed to be dangerous enough to cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Known injuries involving the DePuy LPS component recall include serious infection, loss of limb function, loss of limb, need for additional surgery, and in some cases death. Further, according to the Food and Drug Administration, those patients weighing more than 200lbs who were implanted with the DePuy LPS are at an increased risk for fracture and injury.
The recalled DePuy components include lot numbers: 130896, A2AGS1, 132131, A2AGT1, 132133, A2AGV1, 209461, B2VAL1, 209466, B43G11, 219843, B43G1A, 232972, B43G1B, 295965, B43G1C, 310189, B43G1D, 336843, B69HV1,349283, B69HVA, 352878, BK1BB1, 374125, BW7DX1, 379089, BW7DX1A, A1TAR1, E3SJD1, A2AGN1, and EN4KJ1.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of the DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component you may have a potential lawsuit against the manufacturer, DePuy Orthopedics. Suthers & Harper has experience representing individuals who have suffered serious injuries, and the families of individuals who suffered wrongful deaths, as a result of dangerous medical products. Cases involving dangerous medical products are among the most challenging cases that are pursued, and it is important to retain an attorney who has the experience and resources that are necessary in order to prevail.