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Johnson and Johnson completes merger with troubled artificial hip maker

Johnson & Johnson has completed its acquisition of Synthes, Inc. and will integrate Synthes with its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics to establish the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The deal was sealed with $19.7 billion in cash and stock. “The completion of the Synthes acquisition creates the world’s most innovative and comprehensive orthopaedics business and reflects our long-standing strategy of leadership within attractive health care markets,” said Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson. “The combination of these two respected leaders — Synthes and DePuy — will enable us to better serve clinicians and patients worldwide, bring new ... Read More

Hundreds of thousands may be at risk from faulty all-metal hip implants

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with all-metal artificial hips may be at risk for toxic ions seeping into their bloodstream and putting them at risk for serious health concerns, according to an investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). The agencies compared the metal hip crisis to another medical device health crisis, toxic-leaking breast implants, which an estimated 400,000 women in 65 countries (excluding the United States) received. The European Union (EU) is currently embroiled in a scandal involvingĀ  a type of breast implant made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). It ... Read More