Report: Company sold thousands of toxic hip implants

A company sold toxic hip implants used in thousands of operations in Britain knowing they were potentially dangerous, The Daily Telegraph reports.

More than 10,000 Britons have been fitted with the metal-on-metal implants. Credit: Press Association

Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson&Johnson, continued to market 'metal on metal' hip implants for "at least three years" after a leading British surgeon warned in emails to an executive of the manufacturer that patients were suffering, the newspaper reports.

An American court case has also revealed that the company’s own data also allegedly disclosed that a relatively high proportion of the artificial hips, which are supposed to last a lifetime, were failing after two and a half years.