Friday, April 29, 2011

Faulty DePuy Hip Implants

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary sued for peddling faulty hip implants.

The New Jersey Law Journal (4/26, Gialanella) reported Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics faces a Federal putative class-action suit for consciously selling defective hip implants and delaying a recall for two years. The latest suit, from North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund is one of at least 139 against DePuy. The Fund alleges "tens of thousands of patients" received the implants and "thousands of third-party payers" purchased them. DePuy allegedly continued to tout the implants' safety after the FDA received nearly 400 complaints "from patients suffering from malfunctions such as device loosening, misalignment, dislocation, fracture and the generation of harmful metal debris from metal-on-metal friction." Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. are also named in the suit.

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