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Faulty hip implants: 15 patients approach central expert committee

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Fifteen patients suffering due to "faulty" of have approached the central expert committee, days after it was formed by the Union Ministry to determine the quantum of compensation to be provided to them.

Sources in the Union Ministry said the panel has so far received representations from 15 affected patients from across the country and it will have its first meeting on September 18 to scrutinise each of them.

The Centre constituted the five-member expert committee to determine the quantum of compensation to be given to patients who have "faulty" hip implants, manufactured by DePuy International, a subsidiary of

Apart from the central panel, the Union Ministry has also asked states and union territories to constitute separate committees so that they can receive such complaints from affected patients.

"We have received 15 such representations via mail since the expert committee was formed. The central expert committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss each of the cases," a source said.

The source said that after preliminary scrutiny, it has been found that there are one or two cases that are not related to the matter involving

An earlier expert panel, constituted by the Union to investigate complaints about faulty (ASR) hip implant devices, said in its report that the "suppressed" facts on the harm of afterwards which was conducted on patients in using the "faulty" systems.

It had also suggested that the company pay compensation of around Rs 20 lakh to the affected patients.

The new five-member central committee is being chaired by R K Arya, director, Sports Injury Centre,

Others in the committee include C S Yadav, department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS in New Delhi; Vineet Sharma, of Department of Orthopaedics, in Lucknow; Bikas Medhi, professor pharmacology, and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh; and Bhushan Tilak Kaul, in University.

The sources said the ministry is soon going to make amendments in the medical devices rules in which there will be a provision for paying compensation to such affected patients in case it is proven.

Patients and family members of those affected by Johnson and Johnson's faulty had gathered in recently, demanding they be directly involved in the process of ascertaining the compensation.

They asserted the amount should not only be based on the physical, medical criteria but also take into account the mental, social and economic harm faced by them.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 18:55 IST
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