According to University of Minnesota study from last month, the spread of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" in medical facilities across the nation could be due to contamination of medical devices. Duodenoscopes, which are used to examine the small intestine during common procedures, have left dangerous bacteria behind in cases even after cleaning and sterilization. There are an estimated 700,000 uses of the device in procedures every year.
When Johnson & Johnson announced a settlement to compensate victims of defective DePuy ASR Hip Systems in 2013, it was estimated that 8,000 patients would participate. The $2.5 billion settlement was open to patients who had their ASR hips replaced in a procedure known as a revision surgery by August 31, 2013. Johnson & Johnson has now agreed to expand the settlement, adding $420 million and extending the settlement offer to patients who filed claims as late as January 31, 2015. The expanded coverage could add 1,400 patients to the list of those receiving a settlement. Between the earlier settlement and this latest addition, J&J will have resolved roughly 90 percent of the claims involving hip removal procedures for defective ASR implants.