Faulty hip implants: Panel wants Johnson and Johnson to pay at least Rs20 lakh to patients - (livemint.com via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A health ministry panel in India recommended compensation with a base amount of 20 lakh Indian rupees each for patients who received Johnson & Johnson's DePuy ASR hip implants, which were faulty and had to be replaced with corrective surgery, as reported livemint.com.
  • The device, which was sold in India by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy International, was recalled in 2010 following global reports of metal poisoning and high failures.

  • "The committee recommends that the firm be made liable to pay adequate compensation commensurate with the loss of wages, severity of the pain, the resultant disability and sufferings (both mental and physical) of each of the patients who had received implant," the committee report said. 

  • Additionally, the committee recommended free medical management to all the patients who underwent a revision, including follow-up for all affected patients for their health check-ups.

  • The Indian government set up the committee in February 2016 to investigate the case.

  • While Johnson & Johnson declined to comment on the report, it said it did initiate a "one of its kind reimbursement programme" for the patients, adding that "the company's decisions leading up to the global voluntary recall of the ASR hip system and subsequent actions, including a reimbursement programme for recall-related medical expenses, reflect our commitment to patients."

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