Panel formed to determine compensation to patients with faulty hip implants

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 08:52:36




THE Centre has constituted a five-member expert committee to determine the quantum of compensation to be given to patients who have “faulty” hip implants, manufactured by DePuy International, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
Apart from the five-member expert panel, the Union Health Ministry has also asked States and Union Territories to constitute separate committees so that they can receive such complaints from affected patients. In a letter, the Ministry has also asked the States and UTs to bring out advertisements in newspapers so that the affected patients can approach the State-level committee or the State drug controller concerned.

The move comes after a panel, constituted earlier by the Union Health Ministry to investigate complaints about Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant devices, said in its report that the pharma giant ‘suppressed’ facts on the harm of surgeries afterwards which was conducted on patients in India using ‘faulty’ hip replacement systems.

It had also suggested that the company pay compensation of around Rs 20 lakh to the affected patients. Some of the patients who had suffered due to the faulty implants had questioned the panel’s recommendation of the paltry amount, saying it was like ‘rubbing salt on the wounds’.

Now, the Health Ministry, in its order dated August 30, has asked the Central expert committee to submit its recommendation to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) within 45 days.