Faulty hip implants: 15 patients approach central expert committee

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Fifteen patients suffering due to “faulty” hip implants of Johnson and Johnson have approached the central expert committee, days after it was formed by the Union Health Ministry to determine the quantum of compensation to be provided to them. Sources in the Union Health 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 Johnson and Johnson. Apart from the central panel, the Union Health 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 Health Ministry 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 Johnson and Johnson. An earlier expert panel, constituted by the Union Health Ministry to investigate complaints about faulty articular surface replacement (ASR) hip implant devices, said in its report that the pharma giant “suppressed” facts on the harm of surgeries afterwards which was conducted on patients in India using the “faulty” systems.advertisement 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, Safdurjung Hospital. Others in the committee include C S Yadav, department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS in New Delhi; Vineet Sharma, Head of Department of Orthopaedics, King George’s Medical University in Lucknow; Bikas Medhi, professor pharmacology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh; and Bhushan Tilak Kaul, professor of law in Delhi 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 hip implants had gathered in Delhi 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. PTI TDS SMNlast_img read more

Rivaldo backs Coutinho to Barcelona

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Rivaldo backs Barcelona target Coutinho to thrive at Camp Nou Jamie Smith 05:40 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Real Betis v Barcelona Primera División Liverpool Premier League The former Barcelona player believes the Liverpool midfielder would be a good signing for the Catalan giants Philippe Coutinho has the characteristics to be a success at Barcelona if he moves to the club from Liverpool, according to fellow Brazilian Rivaldo.Barca are reported to be preparing a fresh bid worth an initial €110 million for Coutinho, having failed with a number of offers for the midfielder in August.Ernesto Valverde indicated on Wednesday he was unsure whether the club would move for Coutinho again, the player having been featured on leaked promotional material from Nike this week to spark fresh intrigue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca icon Rivaldo, who won a brace of league titles in his five-year spell at Camp Nou, has backed Coutinho for a switch to the Catalan giants.”Coutinho is a very good player and if he ends up signing for Barcelona, he will succeed easily,” Rivaldo told Marca.”I think he has the characteristics that a footballer needs to succeed in Barcelona.”The style of play will suit him and fans will give him time to adapt, I think he will succeed.”200 #LFC appearances from @Phil_Coutinho And what a goal to mark it…  pic.twitter.com/21ohrcKKlC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2017Coutinho has been targeted as a potential replacement for Neymar, who left Barcelona in a world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain in the last transfer window.And Rivaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1999, believes chasing that individual honour was a key reason behind Neymar’s desire to depart the La Liga leaders.”It was a difficult moment, it made the team pessimistic,” Rivaldo said of the €222m deal. “Neymar went, principally, because they made him a very good offer.”Playing in Barcelona, he was in the shadow of [Lionel] Messi and although he was doing very well, Messi is Messi and he has many years left in him.”I think Neymar left here to try to see if he is the best in the world. If he wants to be it, he will have to knock Cristiano Ronaldo out of the Champions League in the knockout stages in February.”As well as Coutinho, Barcelona have been linked with another Brazilian midfielder, Arthur, who has a €50m release clause in his Gremio contract.”I can’t speak about him much because he’s not a player I know a lot about,” added Rivaldo. “I know that he’s a good player with quality, but I don’t know what he would add to Barcelona.”last_img read more