The status of DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR platform as Feb. 2010
Last fall of 2009, DePuy decided to discontinue ASR® XL Acetabular Head
System and DePuy ASR® Hip Resurfacing Platform (not available in the U.S.)
worldwide. As a result of declining demand for the ASR platform and other market
factors, DePuy is in the process of phasing out this platform to focus on the
development of next generation hip replacement and resurfacing technologies that
best meet the needs of surgeons and patients.
DePuy wants to assure patients who have been treated with a device from the ASR platform that there will be options available to them in the future should they need a revision:
· If a patient who had received the DePuy ASR® XL Acetabular Head System for total hip replacement requires a revision surgery, the acetabular component could be revised with the Pinnacle Hip Solutions platform, which would be compatible with an existing well-fixed femoral stem.
· As with any hemi-resurfacing prosthesis, including the DePuy ASR® hemi arthroplasty, a patient requiring a revision procedure would generally be treated with a total hip replacement.
· For patients outside the U.S. treated with DePuy ASR® Hip Resurfacing (not commercially available in the U.S.), DePuy intends to maintain an inventory of ASR XL heads outside the U.S. for use on compatible DePuy femoral stems. This will allow surgeons outside the U.S. the option of retaining a well-fixed ASR Cup when appropriate as part of the revision procedure.
Vice President, Worldwide Communications