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J&J Offers to Settle 1,000 ASR Hip Lawsuits for $250M

November 3, 2014 — Johnson & Johnson has proposed settling more than 1,000 lawsuits involving the DePuy ASR hip replacement for $250 million.

Citing two sources familiar with the litigation, Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson may extend the same settlement terms they used to resolve 8,000 similar lawsuits for $2.5 billion last year.

If accepted, the settlements would resolve about 75% of the 13,000 total ASR claims. Johnson & Johnson has also offered to extend the filing deadline for people who were implanted with the ASR but have not yet undergone revision surgery.

Members of the litigation accuse DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, of promoting the ASR as safe and effective when they knew it had an unacceptable rate of revision surgery.

When the ASR was recalled in 2010, DePuy said it had a 12% five-year failure-rate. Internal documents indicate that they knew 37% failed within 4.6 years. Data from an Australian joint registry estimated that 47% of patients with the ASR would need revision surgery within five years.

The problem with metal-on-metal hip replacements is that the metal parts grind together and shed tiny particles of chromium and cobalt. Over time, debris accumulates around the hip and leeches into the bloodstream, causing complications like pain, inflammation, tissue damage, metallosis (metal poisoning), and systemic reactions in other areas of the body.

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