DePuy’s Adept Recall Again Shows Power Of Registry Data

In short

The word “embattled” springs to mind when we think of the last few years of J&J division DePuy’s existence. Most notably it continues to deal with the fallout from its disastrous all metal ASR hip resurfacing system. And now its erstwhile Adept all-metal hip replacement is being recalled from European markets.

Background

Approximately 7500 Adept hips were sold in 21 countries outside the U.S. between 2004 and 2011. Adept was originally produced by UK hip manufacturer Finsbury Orthopaedics Ltd., before the rights to it were ultimately sold to J&J DePuy in 2009. The hot potato that Adept has now turned into was sold back to Finsbury in 2011.

The recall was made public in German newspaper, Handelsblatt last thursday, although J&J said it notified surgeons and hospitals about the recall on Jan. 14.

This tale has been fairly widely reported over the past few days, which is probably to be expected, given the global awareness of the ASR disaster. We’d draw your attention however to the fact that awareness of this problem again came from registry data. And again it was UK and Australian national registries that came up with the numbers. The UK joint registry found that 12.1 percent of patients needed their implants replaced within seven years, while the Australian equivalent found 7.1 percent of patients needed replacements within three years.

The recall relates to the modular femoral head component only, and while the figure of 7,500 is nothing like the 93,000 ASR cases, it’s more bad news for DePuy.

Source: Bloomberg, PR Web, NY Daily News