DrugNews Alert: J&J to Spend $4 Billion on DePuy Hip Recall Settlements

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DrugNews has learned that J & J will pay as much as $4 billion to settle around 7,500 claims related to the recall by patients alleging they had to undergo surgery to replace defective devices.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 14, 2013

The hip implant safety advocates at DrugNews.net are announcing updated information on the site for those patients fitted with the DePuy ASR hip implants. The maker of the device has agreed to settle thousands of claims alleging the devices are defective and required revision surgeries*.

DrugNews was created to give those using popular prescription drugs and medical devices the latest warnings, product recalls, studies and litigation news. Patients can avoid dangerous medical devices, learn if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.

The resource center has added warnings from the British Medical Journal** and FDA*** that toxic metal shavings from all-metal hips like the DePuy ASR can cause serious conditions such as tissue damage, bone loss and damage to other organs when released into the body.

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy recalled their ASR metal hip implants, indicating as many as 13% of patients could require revision surgery*. However, studies now show the rate could be as high as 44%****.

Now, DrugNews has learned that J & J will pay as much as $4 billion to settle around 7,500 claims related to the recall by patients alleging they had to undergo surgery to replace defective devices*. This could average around $300,000 per case. The company also sated they could resolve claims for those patients who may need revision surgery in the future*.
Anyone who received a DePuy ASR or metal hip implant is urged to contact the DrugNews Hip Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal rights and the ongoing settlement.

Due to the specialized nature of medical device injury cases, DrugNews only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled DePuy lawsuits.

For more information on the recall, studies and litigation news related to DePuy or other metal hips, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugNews.net.

*Bloomberg, 11/12/13; bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/j-j-said-to-reach-4-billion-deal-to-settle-hip-lawsuits.html
**BMJ 2/28/12; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410
***FDA, 1/17/13; http://www.fda.gov/Medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/metalonmetalhipimplants/ucm241604.htm
****MedPage Today, 3/20/13; medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAOS/37984


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