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Political & Economic Notes : A Typical Example of the Loot of MNCs Practiced against Patients in India The promoters of imperialist globalisation and its economic policies of liberalization have been consistently harping about the so- called virtues of corporate management, corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility etc. But all these claims are proved to be nothing but empty talk purely intended to hood-wink people with false claims in order to facilitate trans-national corporations of the monopoly capital to loot the people in their heinous pursuit of earning super-profits. That the rulers, governments and governmental regulatory bodies that have to protect people from deceit and day-time robbery of imperialist transnational corporations too are a part and parcel of this loot is also becoming more and more clear to the people day by day in their day to day experiences. Presently such a typical case of brand and loot played by a transnational pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson through its Indian subsidiary Deputy by aggressively selling its failed ASR hip implants to patients in Indian market through its distributers in 2009, even after the Australia withdrawn it (ASR implant) from the market; In India more than one lakh joint replacement surgeries are carried out annually. Of those an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 are knee replacements and 20,000 to 30,000 are hip replacements. The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) granted permission to import and market Deputy’s ASR hip implant in 2006. At that time the company has been aggressively promoting is ATS implant as a long December - 2018 lasting, durable and ideal choice for younger candidates opting for hip- replacement. It claimed that while most orthopedic implants wear off after a period of 10 to 15 years necessitating a revision surgery, the company claimed that its ASR implant with a promised life span of 20 to 25 years and pushed it in the markets. With simple logic claimed that its ASR implant consisting of the femoral head and stem and the socket (acetabular cup) promised more longevity as both are made of metal compared to the metal-on-polythene implants which were widely in use then. From 2006 to 2010, Deputy Medical Private Ltd., Mumbai, the Indian subsidiary for Johnson & Johnson imported a total of 15,289 ASR implants in to India. While the price of a single MoM implant could be anywhere between Rs 90,000 and 1.2 lakh, the cost of the procedure ranges from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. When the Australian Orthopedic Association of National Joint Replacement Registry had red-flagged the early revision surgery rate of the implant, Australia withdrew it from the market in 2009. A Joint registry in U.K announced that 12% to 13% of patients are in need of a revision surgery within 5 years of getting ASR implant. This finally triggered a global recall of the company in August 2010. By this time 4,700 ASR surgeries had been carried out in India and 4,500 patients were implanted with the ASR implant from Deputy, the subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Some of the patients who were implanted with the ASR of implants (MoM implants) complained of suffering from severe pain and are bed-ridden. But their doctor who studied the X-rays of the patients told them that their implant was absolutely fine and that their pain is a psychologist one. But as the implant left large quantities of metal debries in the body it leaching of metals mainly cobalt and chromium caused severe pain, neuropathy, fluid accumulation and metal poisoning in the patients. Knowing fully-well of all these faults of its A.T.S implant besides its highly failing rate J&J had recalled its ATS implant in August 2010 from global market. But neither J&J nor its Indian subsidiary Deputy had taken up any corrective action to reach the affected patients in India and advising them to undergo a revision surgery. The J&J has conspi- cuously neglected those affected patients and their sufferings by concealing the crucial information about its faulty ASR implant which is not short of any criminal negligence on its part. It is being claimed that through social media and internet etc every person throughout the globe can know any information and any news immediately. But surprisingly neither the patients, who are mostly the users of internet and other social media, nor the rulers of India, nor the regulatory agencies, nor the doctors, could alert the suffering patients with the news of high failure rate of ATS implants nor the damage caused to the patients. This is not a mere over sight of the ‘news’ about MoM implants failure but an intentional criminal 17