On Aug. 26 Johnson & Johnson DePuy Orthopaedics accounced the recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System hip socket, a partial hip replacement involving placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur in order to preserve the bone. A large number of people required a second hip replacement. Over 93,000 ASR devices were implanted in patients. In the last two years, the FDA received over 400 complaints from American patients . Late last year the company phased out the implants because of slowing sales. What has not been discussed is the significant pain and suffering of the individuals who received the faulty replacement. There are indications that the company has known about complaints of severe pain, limping and an investigation is expected to determine why it was not recalled sooner.