Australian DePuy knee implant settlement may cost $68k per patient

December 19, 2012 by MassDevice staff

An Australian judge approves DePuy Orthopaedics' knee implant settlement, granting patients compensation beginning at $32,500 apiece, going as high as $68,200 per patient.

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An Australian judge approved Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' lawsuit settlement, in which the company will pay between approximately $32,500 (A$31,000) and $68,200 (A$65,000) to each patient who received a defective knee implant.

J&J and DePuy recalled certain knee implants after receiving complaints of defects in 2009, prior to which more than 5,000 patients were treated with the implants in Australia, Bloomberg reported.

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DePuy's international unit will pay about $31,500 (A$30,000) to patients who needed revision surgery with no additional surgical procedures. Patients who required 2 or 3 additional surgical procedures after the knee revision surgery will receive $68,200 (A$65,000), Bloomberg noted.

The company also faces an Australian lawsuit over defective ASR hip implants, which DePuy Orthopaedics recalled in 2010 due to a high rate of revision surgeries.