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Lawyers worried about regulatory change for hip implants

The leading plaintiff trial lawyers association has expressed concerns to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that a proposed regulatory change might prevent people injured by faulty all-metal hip implants from suing the manufacturers for damages.

The implants in question, such as those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary, have both a ball and a socket coated in a combination ...

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DePuy to stop making metal hip implants

DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has announced that it is phasing out production of its metal-on-metal hip implants, according to a story in the New York Times.

The all-metal implants feature both a ball and a socket coated in a combination of cobalt and chromium. They were originally marketed as more durable than hip replacements that feature ceramic or plastic. But industry-wide, manufacturers have been phasing out the all-metal ...

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Australian lawmakers taking action on medical devices

Australian lawmakers are considering legislation to help protect consumers from faulty medical devices, including all-metal hip implants.

Newspaper The Australian reports that there is currently no requirement in Australia that sponsors of medical devices, which are companies that don’t produce the devices but supply them for sale, have insurance in case of problems with a device. The story says at least one senator intends to introduce legislation that would all sponsors or ...

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J&J rebranding called well-executed PR attempt

A story in Forbes takes a look at the trend of top global brands issuing public apologies for serious missteps.

The story picks out Johnson & Johnson as an example of a company falling back on a new branding campaign in an effort to win back customers who have turned away because of recent problems.

In Johnson & Johnson’s case, those problems included a string of recalls, including both over-the-counter medicines and implantable ...

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Israeli lawsuits filed over hip implants

Sixty three recipients of an artificial hip implant manufactured by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary have filed suit in Israeli court, claiming that the devices broke down and caused them pain and a high level of metal ions in their blood.

According to a report in Jewish Business News, the plaintiffs “describe attendant problems in functioning accompanied by infections, tumors, fractures and ...

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J&J’s new branding a response to long-standing problems

A piece in the New York Times on Johnson & Johnson’s new corporate branding campaign says the company urgently needed to distance itself from the “bad press of product recalls and pending litigation,” of which it experienced much lately.

In 2010, the story points out, Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit recalled more than 280 million packages of over-the-counter medications including Motrin, children’s Tylenol liquid and Benadryl.

Also in 2010, the company’s ...

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