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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Discontinue Metal-on-Metal Hip Products  
5/17/2013 7:36:20 AM

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), the world’s biggest maker of health-care products, said it will stop selling metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-metal hip replacements as demand wanes for the devices and U.S. regulators seek new rules. Metal liners in the Ultamet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and the Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular Hip System will no longer be available worldwide after Aug. 31, the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said in an e-mail. J&J’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit will stop selling related products through 2014 to simplify and streamline its offerings, the company said.

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