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J&J Hit with a $247 Million Verdict over Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

Reuters reports that a federal jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics division to pay $247 million settlment to six patients who suffered from its defective Pinnacle, metal-on-metal, hip implants. in the US. J&J says it will  appeal this decision.

These implants were associated with tissue necrosis, bone erosion and other injuries due to implant design.

J&J won the first Pinnacle test trial in 2014, but since has been held liable. A jury in March 2016 awarded five Texas plaintiffs $500 million in damages. That award was later cut to $150 million. J&J has  more than 9,700 such law suits pending. 

DePuy ceased selling the metal-on-metal Pinnacle devices in 2013.

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose related to this subject

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