Doc who designed DePuy's metal hip tells jury he wouldn't implant the device today

April 3, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

The lead physician designer of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy's recalled metal-on-metal hip implant tells jurors that he wouldn't implant the device today.

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Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' 1st defense witness in a lawsuit against its recalled metal-on-metal hip implants testified before a jury that, as an orthopedic surgeon, he would not implant the ASR XL hips in patients today.

Dr. Thomas Schmalzried was among the lead designers of the ASR XL implant, which DePuy pulled from shelves in August 2010. He testified on behalf of DePuy and J&J this week that the devices were properly designed and developed, but noted that he wouldn't recommend the implant today were it still on the market, reported.