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Johnson and Johnson to pay Oregon $4 million for deceptively marketing metal hip implants

Johnson & Johnson will pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit with the State of Oregon over claims that the company failed to warn doctors and patients that its artificial hip had a high failure rate. The settlement is being called the first of its kind by the Oregon Department of Justice. The settlement involves Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system, which was recalled in 2010 after mounting reports of premature failure. Not only were the devices failing at a higher than expected rate, in some cases the metal devices were corroding inside the body, ... Read More

Surgeon: Metal hip implant failures led to ‘severe patient wreckage’

“I’d seen patients coming into the clinic complaining of groin pain. I saw it once and then again and then again and again,” Surgeon Antoni Nargol told Four Corners, an investigative news program for ABC News Australia. Nargol was referring to patients who had received ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. The devices were recalled in 2010 after mounting reports of premature failures and infections caused by heavy metal blood poisoning. New research shows that Johnson & Johnson knew the devices were defectively designed as early as 2006 – four years before the ... Read More

Family says defective metal-on-metal hip implant caused mother’s brain cancer

A woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its defective metal-on-metal hip implant has died of an aggressive brain cancer, a disease her family believes was caused by blood poisoning from her corroding artificial hip. Bharucha had broken a hip when she suffered a fall and in 2007 was fitted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The surgery did not relieve her pain or help her regain her mobility. In fact, she grew increasingly worse. By 2011, a year after the device was recalled due to premature failures, Bharucha had revision surgery to ... Read More

Social media campaign takes aim at Johnson & Johnson

An activist group has launched a social media campaign attacking Johnson & Johnson, alleging the company’s transvaginal mesh implants have “hurt women across the country,” and is asking current and former employees to become whistleblowers and investors to divest or not to buy the company’s stock. The Corporate Action Network (CAN), a project of the Action Network Fund founded to address the imbalance of power between corporations and people, launched the campaign in an effort to gather more information against the company to strengthen a complaint the organization filed with the Department of Justice against Johnson & Johnson and its top ... Read More

More government oversight credited for jump in medical device recalls

The number of medical device recalls has doubled in the past 10 years, according to a new report, a result of more government oversight and manufacturers doing a better job of halting sales of defective devices, officials say. Yearly recalls jumped from about 600 in 2003 to 1,200 in 2012, according to the report, which was prompted in 2011 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The largest rise was due to radiological devices, such as MRI and CT scanners, which have been found to register false positives and increase the risk of cancer. A fifth of the recalls in 2012 ... Read More

Biomet to pay $56 million to settle metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits

Medical device company Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay at least $56 million to settle multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Indiana federal court claiming its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were defective. MDLs are special federal legal procedures designed to speed up the process of handling complex cases, such as product liability lawsuits. Biomet disputes the fact that its devices caused people harm, however it agreed to set aside the money for MDL plaintiffs who qualify. The agreement resolves the MDL, which it has been fighting since October 2012. Plaintiffs in the MDL who received either the Biomet M2a-38 or M2a-Magnum hip ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of ASR metal hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve more than 7,500 lawsuits involving defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by its subsidiary DePuy Othopaedics. DePuy issued a worldwide recall on an estimated 93,000 of its ASR all-metal hip replacement systems in 2010 after reports that the devices were failing at a faster than expected rate. Traditional hip implants can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. However, a large number of DePuy’s ASR devices were failing in five years or less. Unlike traditional hip implants that are made with ceramic or plastic parts, the ... Read More

UK’s National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom National Health Service is banning surgeons from using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in patients, based on guidance issued from consumer health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consumer health advocacy group developed the guidelines after investigations and research into the all-metal implants, which were found to have a startling high premature failure rate. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts and generally last about 25 years before needing to be replaced. In the past decade, medical device manufacturers introduced all-metal artificial hips, assuming the devices would hold up better ... Read More

Stryker to pay up to $1.1 billion to resolve metal hip lawsuits

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. says it expects to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle personal injury lawsuits stemming from a 2012 recall of two of the company’s metal hip implants. The amount is more than twice what the company previously estimated it would have to pay to resolve the lawsuits. In July 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems because of concerns that the devices could fret or corrode inside the body, which could damage surrounding tissue and cause pain and inflammation. Last July the company in a securities filing said it estimated the costs ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More