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Johnson & Johnson Confirms Inquiry Into Hip Devices – NYTimes.com.

Johnson & Johnson Confirms Inquiry Into Hip Devices


Published: February 22, 2013

Depuy 9 imagesFederal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the company in the last three and a half years.

The United States attorney’s office in Massachusetts and the civil division of the Justice Department last August sent Johnson & Johnson an “informal request” for information about its ASR hip replacements, the company reported in a regulatory filing on Friday.

The company’s annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission states that the government has asked for additional documents from a Johnson & Johnson unit, DePuy Synthes, and two related subsidiaries. The company turned over the documents and is cooperating fully with investigators, the filing states.