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Johnson & Johnson Shells out $2.5 Billion in DePuy Hip Implant Settlement

December 10, 2013 Defective Medical Devices

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled nearly 93,000 DePuy hip implants due to a high failure rate. The DePuy hip systems first became available in July 2003.

In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve the lawsuits involving the DePuy hip systems. In addition to the $2.5 billion agreed upon by Johnson & Johnson, J&J could pay an additional $1 billion for revision surgeries required for implant patients due to the faulty hip implant.

J&J faces numerous lawsuits. Of the 12,000 legal claims in the United States, it’s estimated 8,000 of those claims were brought forward by patients who underwent operations to have a DePuy hip removed and replaced.

The DePuy hip system was sold in two versions. One is the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System, which had a metal ball and a metal cup (metal-on-metal implant). The other was an alternative procedure known as hip resurfacing. The metal-on-metal implant would shed metallic debris, generating metallic particles in the body and soft tissue, causing severe pain and injuries.

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