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Centre to SC: Report on faulty hip replacement implants ready, will be filed in a week

Centre to SC: Report on faulty hip replacement implants ready, will be filed in a week

New Delhi: The Centre informed the Supreme Court Monday that the report of its panel on alleged "faulty" hip implants, made by the US-based pharma major Johnson and Johnson, is ready and will be filed within a week.

The apex court on October 5 had asked the Centre to file its response to the PIL alleging that "faulty" and "deadly" hip implants have been fitted into the bodies of 4,525 Indian patients. It had also asked the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to apprise it within two months about the actions, if any, taken after an expert committee had allegedly found the pharma firms guilty of "medical negligence".

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranajn Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph has now asked the Centre to file its response within a week.

"Counsel appearing for the Union of India states that the report of the Committee headed by Dr Arun Agarwal, Professor of ENT, Maulana Azad Medical College, is ready and will be filed within a week. List the matter after the report is received by the Registry. Let a copy of the said report be given to each of the contesting parties," the bench said in its order.

Earlier, senior lawyer Salman Khurshid and advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma had referred to the fact that the central government had in 2017 set up a committee headed by Agarwal to look into the aftermath of the disaster caused by the faulty hip implant produced and distributed by the US firm, its Indian subsidiary and DePuy Orthopaedics INC collectively.

"The Committee has found Johnson and Johnson guilty of medical negligence, however, till date nothing has been done to discover vast number of patients who had undergone hip transplant," said the plea filed.

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