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Bloomberg: J&J agrees to pay about $1 billion to resolve hip implant lawsuits

Posted on May 07, 2019 by Medtech[y] Staff

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has agreed to pay approximately $1 billion to resolve 95% of the 6000 lawsuits claiming JNJ sold defective metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants which ultimately had to be removed.

JNJ's Orthopedics division, Depuy, stopped selling the Pinnacle metal-on-metal implants in 2013 once the FDA strengthened regulations on artificial hips. The company continues to sell Pinnacle hips that use other materials.

The Pinnacle implants caused severe injuries with patients unable to walk and in pain as the implants potentially caused a buildup of metal ions in the blood. This resulted in tissue death, groin pain, bone erosion and allergic reactions.

The full Bloomberg report can be read here.

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