Health Secretary Preeti Sudan has described the compensation package for patients who had received faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants manufactured by M/s. DePuy International Limited, UK as historic.
The company was known as Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd prior to August, 2010.
Talking to media, Ms Sudan said the government has taken the bold step for the first time. She said it will be the highest compensation-ever offered to any living being in the country. Giving details about the package to the patients, Mrs Sudan said the compensation varies between 30 lakh rupees to one crore 22 lakh rupees.
Center had yesterday approved a formula for determination of compensation. An expert committee was constituted by the Union Health Ministry. The committee, after detailed examination of the issue, submitted its report along with its final recommendation.
The compensation will be disbursed considering three factors which includes base amount which has been decided as 20 lakh rupees, risk factor disability and age factor along with 10 lakh rupees for non-pecuniary damages.
The amount will be paid in a time-bound manner through bank accounts of affected persons by Johnson and Johnson Private Limited.
All the State Governments have also been requested by the Ministry to form State Level Committees to examine the affected patients within the respective states and to make the process less arduous for the patients.