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J&J Failed to Weigh Risk of Hip Metal Debris, Witness Testifies

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit failed to consider the harmful effects of chromium and cobalt debris in designing the 93,000 all-metal hip implants J&J later recalled, a toxicologist told a California jury.

DePuy should have analyzed and tested for the effects of those metals before selling ASR XL in the U.S. in 2005, Robert Harrison, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told jurors yesterday in state court in Los Angeles.