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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s Synthes unit, a maker of tools and implants to treat damaged bones, along with its former Norian Corp. subsidiary, was sued by the family of a woman who died during an unapproved trial of a bone cement.

Lois L. Eskind lost her life on Jan. 13, 2003, after a surgeon injected Synthes’s Norian SRS drug into her spine mixed with barium sulfate. Moments after the mixture leaked into her venous system she suffered cardiac arrest, according to the complaint filed July 27 in federal court in Philadelphia by her daughter, Eva Sloan.

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