According to Bloomberg, an Australian judge has approved a knee implant settlement against DePuy Orthopaedics. According to court documents, patients with the defective knee implant will receive compensation ranging from $32,000 to $68,000.
DePuy and Johnson & Johnson first recalled impacted knee implants after receiving more than 5,000 patient complaints in 2009. The international division of DePuy will pay $32,000 to patients who need basic revision surgery. For patients who require two or three more operations to correct existing issues, compensation will rise to $68,000.
In addition to this expensive settlement, DePuy also faces an Australian lawsuit over its ASR hip implants. These defective hip implants were first recalled in 2010 due to a very high rate of revision surgeries.
In the past few weeks, DePuy has also sought to dismiss a patient lawsuit involving the company’s metal-on-metal ASR XL hip implants. According to the patient, the company did not warn of potential revision surgery or metal erosion.
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