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J&J’s Toxicologist Says Metal From Recalled Hip Harmless

A Montana man suing Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit over his recalled hip implant wasn’t harmed by the chromium and cobalt debris that entered his tissues and bloodstream, a toxicologist told a jury.

Dennis J. Paustenbach testified yesterday on J&J’s behalf at the first of 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial over the ASR hips, which the company recalled in August 2010. In the case, Loren Kransky, 65, claims the hip implant was defectively designed and J&J failed to warn of the risks.