J&J To Stop Selling Metal Hips, Facing Thousands Of Suits

Law360, New York (May 16, 2013, 10:07 PM ET) -- Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced on Thursday that it will stop selling its controversial metal-on-metal replacement hips, following the filing of more than 10,000 lawsuits nationwide over a related product line and fierce scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The pharmaceutical giant said it will discontinue its Ultamet metal-on-metal and Complete ceramic-on-metal hip implants, which the company had been distributing internationally, starting Aug. 31. The company chalked up the decision to low use of the products, competing goods and proposed regulatory...
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