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J&J case: Govt asks 'victims' to approach central or state panel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government Tuesday issued a public notice stating that patients suffering from disability due to faulty (ASR) hip can approach either the central expert committee or the state-level panel.

In case the affected patients intend to approach the central expert committee, they may write to the legal cell of the Standard Control Organisation, Bhavan on Kotla Road,

They may send an email on

If the affected patients approach the state-level committee, they may write to the who will be the member of the

The Centre, earlier this month, constituted the central expert committee under the chairmanship of R K Arya, of at Safdarjung Hospital, to determine the quantum of compensation to be given to patients who have faulty hip implants, manufactured by International, a subsidiary of

Apart from the five-member expert panel, the has asked principle/health secretaries of all the states and the Union Territories to constitute separate committees so that they can receive such complaints from the affected patients.

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

It had also suggested that the company pay compensation of around Rs 20 lakh to the affected patients. Some of the patients who had suffered due to the faulty had questioned the panel's recommendation of the paltry amount, saying it was like "rubbing salt into their wounds".

The Health Ministry, in its order dated August 30, has asked the central expert committee to submit its recommendation to the Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) within 45 days of receiving recommendations from the state-level panels.

The order had said a committee under the chairmanship of has given its report which has been accepted by the central government with certain modifications.

"Now the central government has decided to constitute a central expert committee to determine the quantum of compensation, as admissible under the law, in respect of faulty manufactured by M/s International Limited, UK and implanted in India," the had order said.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 22:40 IST