Johnson & Johnson Will Add Synthes to DePuy Orthopaedics

Johnson & Johnson, the troubled medical device manufacturer, has decided to purchase the Swiss medical device company Synthes and add it to J&J’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Synthes already does the bulk of its orthopedics business in the United States. It manufactures screws, plates, nails and other implantable medical devices to fix broken bones.
Synthes will join DePuy as DePuy struggles with hip implant lawsuits concerning its DePuy ASR XL hip implant and the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. The ASR XL has been recalled and faces mounting lawsuits which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in Ohio. Pinnacle has not been recalled but is facing lawsuits for similar issues including metallosis, hip implant loosening, and hip failure within a short period of time after implant surgery. Many of those who’ve had DePuy hips implanted have had to endure painful and complicated revision surgeries to correct the problems caused by the defective hip implants.