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Johnson & Johnson Settlement Resolves Metal Hip Lawsuits But Weak Oversight Of Medical Device Industry Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of Patients Vulnerable
Date:11/19/2013

TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson announced today that it has reached a multi-billion dollar settlement for victims of the company's flawed all metal hip implant.  The problems patients have experienced with the device demonstrate the need for stricter implant safety testing and show why medical implant makers should provide warranties to back their products in the event of failure, according to Consumers Union, the policy division of Consumer Reports.

"The horrendous injuries suffered by tens of thousands of metal hip implant patients are a terrible reminder of how current oversight of the medical device industry fails to protect the public," said Lisa McGiffert, manager of Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project (www.safepatientproject.org).  "Patients shouldn't serve as unwitting experimental subjects for medical implants that haven't been thoroughly tested by industry for safety and effectiveness.  We need to require stricter safety testing of all implants before they are allowed on the market.  And medical device makers should stand by their products by providing a warranty to patients."

Earlier this year, Consumers Union called on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to provide a 20 year warranty to patients.  Consumers Union has developed standards for a fair warranty that would cover the full cost of replacing a flawed device, including the device, surgeon and hospital costs as well as related patient out-of-pocket costs.  Under Consumers Union's proposed warranty, patients would retain the right to sue the manufacturer to recover other damages. 

Consumers Union is pushing device makers to equip patients with warranties to give them
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