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November 16, 2017 – A Texas federal jury reached a unanimous verdict – finding against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. – awarding $247 million dollars to six hip replacement patients who suffered serious injuries from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
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If you take the drug Abilify or know someone who does, here is a brief summary of what has been happening with the litigation.
In 2007, Elizabeth Sones had surgery on her hip and received an implant with Biomet M2a Magnum components. Thereafter, she experienced pain and difficulties and it was determined that she had a condition consistent with a pseudotumor. The biomet magnum was revised as a result of failure of the device, leaving her with a long and painful rehabilitation and emotional trauma.
In May 2017, the FDA issued a safety warning indicating that Invokana, used to treat diabetes, could increase the risk of leg and foot amputations. This means that the drug now carries a boxed warning about the amputation risks. This is the strongest label warning that the FDA can require.
On August 1, 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached in the multidistrict Benicar litigation against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. The settlement offers financial compensation to individuals who suffered chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal injuries after using Benicar, Azor or Tribenzor.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, Johnson & Johnson suffered another tremendous loss as a Los Angeles jury awarded $417 million in damages to Eva Echeverria, who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s signature product for decades.
William Eklund, an employee of Boeing Inc., underwent hip replacement surgery in 2006. At some point following surgery. he began experiencing extreme hip pain and a persistent squeaking of the hip. He then found out that the M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip system from Biomet was failing and eventually underwent revision surgery in 2014 to remove and replace the device.
This lawsuit is different because it marks the first time a large international corporation has sued Zimmer Biomet on behalf of an employee.