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J&J implant case: Govt confident of making MNC compensate affected patients

Govt collecting claims data from patients while it prepares to answer firm's challenge on compensation order in apex court

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A Johnson & Johnson building is shown in Irvine, California, US. Photo: Reuters 

The central government expects to make a legally convincing case on making Johnson & Johnson compensate people for its faultily made hip implants.  The multinational company has petitioned the high court at Delhi to argue it is not liable to pay. However, a public interest suit to compel it is pending before the Supreme Court (SC). "Our Drugs and Cosmetics Act did not have a provision for compensation. J&J's main contention is that there is no provision under current law to compensate patients. We have already taken steps to plug the gap. Globally, J&J is ...