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Several metal-on-metal hip implants have been recalled due to defects


A federal jury in Dallas recently ordered Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopedics, to pay more than $1 billion in damages to six plaintiffs who were found to have been injured by one of the company's all-metal hip implants.

The decision marks the latest turn in a medical drama that has seen nearly 100,000 prosthetic devices recalled, led to thousands of hip-replacement lawsuits, and been referred to by a leading medical journal as “one of the biggest disasters in orthopedic history.”

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Stryker, the major producer of artificial hip implants, said on Monday that it had reached a settlement of thousands of patient lawsuits involving now-recalled devices that is expected to cost the company about $1 billion.

The Stryker deal, negotiated with lawyers representing the patients, would be one of the highest amounts paid in the last year by an implant manufacturer to resolve claims by patients who said they were injured by metallic debris from a hip replacement.

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Hip replacement problems lead to $2 million award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque judge has awarded $2 million to a man who received a metal hip replacement, only to have the parts grind together, sending toxic metal into his leg muscle.

Second Judicial District Chief Judge Nan Nash said the company, Zimmer Inc., created a faulty device and should pay for past expenses, lost wages and future medical expenses necessary to remove the dead flesh. That includes managing the infections caused by the metal poisoning in patient Brian McDonald, an Albuquerque economist who underwent hip replacement surgery in 2010.

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DePuy and Johnson & Johnson appeal decision in favor of hip implant recipients

DALLAS – DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson have appealed a trial court decision that would have them pay out $150 million in damages to five plaintiffs.

After a weeks-long courtroom battle described in appeal documents as “intensely adversarial," a jury found in favor of five plaintiffs who had received DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant, which uses a metal-on-metal design. According to the plaintiff’s cross-appeal filing, “Defendants’ re-introduction of metal-on-metal hips traded progress for a known failed technology, causing countless serious, unnecessary health problems. High failure rates with dire medical consequences caused surgeons to abandon metal-on-metal.”

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DePuy and Johnson & Johnson appeal decision in favor of hip implant recipients

A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to six plaintiffs who said they were injured by Pinnacle hip implants, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

Jurors found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies did not warn consumers of the risk.

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