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Johnson & Johnson Settles First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits

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Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has settled its first DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits, the first of some 8,000 filed over it defective, recalled hip implants.

Following its 2010 recall, the device maker agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve the first three cases in the litigation, said Bloomberg.com, citing those familiar with the issue. The cases involve actions brought about in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Officials at Johnson & Johnson negotiated settlements “at the low end of what the company should have expected” to pay, Eric Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan who keeps up with the pharmaceutical industry, told Bloomberg.com in a telephone interview.“ J&J should have expected to pay in the $200,000-to-$500,000 range per case.” If the three cases were not settled, they would have been the first to go to trial.

As NewsInferno explained, in August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular System were named in a global recall. The recall followed release of data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales that revealed that 12-13 percent of patients (1 in 8) who received the recalled devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years. A total of 93,000 implants were sold internationally; 37,000 were sold in the United States.

Since, thousands nationwide have filed lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics’ and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging their ASR hip device failed prematurely, which caused persistent pain and inflammation, revision surgeries, and/or a toxic cobalt and chromium accumulation, said NewsInferno. Lawsuits filed by patients who have brought lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson allege that the metal debris caused death of the tissue in the area of the joint and might also increase metal ion levels in their bloodstream to dangerous levels, said Bloomberg.com.

In a telephone interview with Bloomberg.com, Bill Price, a Johnson & Johnson spokesman, declined to comment on the recent settlements and to say if the company plans on settling any more DePuy hip cases. U.S. District Judge David Katz in Toledo, Ohio, is overseeing about 6,000 federal suits that were consolidated as part of pretrial evidence gathering, said Bloomberg.com. In addition to these 6,000, Johnson & Johnson is also involved in over 2,000 additional cases filed nationwide.

The first settlements involve claims by filed by Annelise Rundle, 74; Martha Bender, 69; and Katherine Guy, 60, said Bloomberg.com, citing court documents. The three were implanted with hip replacements implanted by the same surgeon over the past six years, according to court documents. All three underwent revision surgery—removal of the defective artificial hip and reimplantation with a different, new hip—after suffering from pain and other side effects, said Bloomberg.com.

Rundle’s records indicated health problems linked to the hip’s shedding of metal filings and Bender’s physicians found bone damage that was blamed on the device, according to Bloomberg.com. Johnson & Johnson’s attorney disagreed.

Johnson & Johnson said that in the past two years, it has spent about $800 million on the recall; Gordon said the drug maker may end up paying as much as $2 billion to resolve DePuy ASR hip litigation. “They’re looking at a giant number before it’s done because there are a giant number of cases,” Gordon told Bloomberg.com, noting that the greatest benefit to the drug maker from the three early cases is that Johnson & Johnson has “anchored settlement expectations at the low end of the range.” The first federal trial is expected in March-April, 2013, said Bloomberg.com.

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