DePuy Orthopeadics, a subunit of Johnson & Johnson, will pay more than $2.5 billion to settle metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits.
The settlement was announced in November 2013, and late last month the company waived its “walk-away rights” and will begin paying plaintiffs.
Patients who had to get a second operation as the result of a faulty or failed ASR hip implant will be receiving payments from the Warsaw-based company. 7,200 American patients agreed to the settlement; this is more than the 94% required for approval the proposed settlement to occur.
In 2006, the first ASR hip implant was given to a patient and by 2009, the first DePuy hip implant lawsuit was filed. In 2010, there was a global recall of nearly 10,000 DePuy ASR hip replacements. The failures and consequences of the failed metal-on-metal hips include metallosis, pain, dislocation, clicking, muscle damage and pseudotumors.
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