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Thousands of J&J’s Adept hip implants recalled

TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson has again recalled thousands of its hip implants, 2½ years after the problem-plagued health care giant issued a recall of two other types of its artificial hips.

Spokeswomen for J&J’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit said Thursday that the company recalled the ‘‘Adept’’ brand all-metal total hip replacement system starting last month because a higher-than-expected percentage of them had to be replaced. Such replacements, called revision surgeries, usually are needed when an artificial joint starts causing pain, difficulty walking or other problems.

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