Defective Hip Implant Suit Settled in Court
In 2010, the FDA announced that DePuy (a division of Johnson & Johnson) recalled a product they had released for medical usage in 2005, metal ASR hip systems. These hip systems were used in replacement surgeries, and were later found to have higher-than-normal failure rates, causing patients extreme pain and discomfort, as well as putting patients at risk for increased metal ion levels in their bloodstreams.
NBC News recently reported that over 7500 lawsuits have been brought against this orthopedics division of Johnson & Johnson, and a settlement was reached in court. The settlement decided that Johnson & Johnson will pay over $4 billion to settle plaintiffs’ injuries and complications, a number that will cover the defective implants that represented 12% of the population of those with these hip replacements. Many of the implants had to be replaced within only five years of the original hip surgeries, which is drastically lower than the lifespan of the average hip system.
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