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Faulty hip implants: SC takes note of compensation scheme, closes case against US firm

The Supreme Court Friday closed the case seeking action against US-based pharma major Johnson and Johnson for allegedly fitting faulty hip implants, and said that steps have been taken by the Centre to provide compensation of up to Rs 1.22 crore to patients who have been impacted. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul took note of the steps taken by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on award of compensation to the aggrieved persons and said that there was no justification to keep the petition pending. The apex court was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that certain modifications were suggested by two panels, headed by doctors Arun Kumar Aggarwal and R K Arya respectively, on determination of quantum of compensation payable to the victims of faulty hip implants and the government has accepted them. The committee recommended that compensation up to the extent of Rs 1.22 crore approximately can be granted ..

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