Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Johnson & Johnson Takes $3 Billion Charge for Hip Recall -

Johnson & Johnson took quarterly charges of more than $3 billion, largely related to the recall of artificial hips, and gave a 2012 earnings forecast below analysts’ estimates on Tuesday.

The company’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit issued an extensive recall of its “metal-on-metal” hip replacement devices in 2010 after they shed metal fragments, causing disabling injuries.

The fourth-quarter charges will allow money to be set aside for patients and lawyers involved in product liability litigation.

“The hip recalls worry me because their eventual costs are unknown,” said Jeff Jonas, an analyst at Gabelli & Company, who noted that the fourth-quarter charges included $800 million for medical costs of the recall.

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