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Health Ministry approves compensation formula for hip implant cases

Centre has approved a formula for determination of compensation for patients who had received faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants manufactured by M/s. DePuy International Limited, U.K.

It was known as Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd prior to August, 2010. An expert committee was constituted by the Union Health Ministry.

The committee, after detailed examination of the issue, submitted its report alongwith its final recommendation.

Based on the recommendations, the Government constituted a Central Expert Committee.

The ministry has decided to disburse the money considering three factors which includes base amount which has been decided as Rs. 20 lakh, risk factor disability and age factor along with Rs 10 lakh for non-pecuniary damages.

All the State Governments have also been requested by the Ministry to form State Level Committees to examine the affected patients within the respective states and to make the process less arduous for the patients.

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