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J&J Failed Own Safety Test in Hip Device Design, Witness Says

Johnson & Johnson failed its own safety test in designing an all-metal hip implant and then changed the protocol instead of fixing the flaw, a witness testified in the first of 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial.

George Samaras, a consultant, testified yesterday for Loren Kransky, who is suing J&J for defective design and failure to warn over an ASR XL hip he had replaced last year. J&J recalled 93,000 ASR hips in 2010 after saying 12 percent failed within five years. Another witness yesterday said Australian data last year showed the hip failed at a 44 percent rate after seven years. Analysts say the lawsuits could cost J&J billions of dollars.