Hip Device Phaseout Followed F.D.A. Data Request

Johnson & Johnson executives decided in 2009 to phase out DePuy hip replacements and sell off its inventories for use in patients just weeks after the Food and Drug Administration asked the company in a letter for added safety data about the implant, administration documents and corporate records show. At the same time, the agency told the company that blood tests of some patients who got the all-metal hip showed a “high concentration of metal ions” that it found “concerning.”

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