More hip recalls for Johnson & Johnson?

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International reports today suggest that healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) recalled its Adept hip replacement system, another in its line of troubled metal-on-metal hip implants.

German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that thousands more hip implants were recalled after the Adept systems showed a failure rate of 12% after 7 years, according to the Associated Press.

Johnson & Johnson spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

There were allegedly 7,500 Adept hip implants shipped globally between 2004 and 2011, according to the report.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics acquired the Adept MoM hip resurfacing and total hip systems through the 2009 acquisition of U.K.-based Finsbury Orthopaedics limited, according to the J&J website.

Read more of MassDevice.com’s coverage of metal-on-metal hip implants.

J&J has been in the hot seat for a while due to the high-profile recall and subsequent lawsuits over its ASR metal-on-metal hip implants.

DePuy voluntarily recalled the ASR in August 2010 "due to the number of patients who required a second hip replacement procedure, called a revision surgery," according to a company report. A report passed around internally in 2011, in the midst of the high-profile recall, concluded that 37% of DePuy’s ASR hip implants would require revision or replacement in less than 4.6 years.

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