The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent a growing number of people who are pursuing a potential DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit after experiencing early failure of their hip replacement. Plagued by similar problems that ultimately led to a DePuy ASR hip recall last year, we believe that the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip systems should also be removed from the market.
Although there appears to be ample evidence that should have led to a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall being issued, the metal-on-metal hip replacement system remains on the market and consumers continue to be exposed to the risk of serious and debilitating problems.
The DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, which is used in total hip replacements, is manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The system consists of a porous coated hemispherical outer shell and a liner that locks into the outer shell, which can be either polyethylene or metal. The liner component articulates with the femoral head, which is typically metal.
When a metal liner is used, the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle design can cause small metal particles and debris to be shed into a patient’s body and tissue as the metal parts wear against each other, potentially resulting in metallosis or metal poisoning from the DePuy Pinnacle hip. This can damage the muscles and other soft tissue, potentially resulting in early failure of the DePuy Pinnacle hip within a few years after it is implanted, often resulting in the need for hip revision surgery.
In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled their ASR hip system, which is a similar metal-on-metal hip implant. Post-marketing data confirmed that DePuy ASR hip problems were associated with a much higher-than-expected failure rate, and the hip system was recalled months after DePuy ASR lawsuits were first filed alleging that consumers experienced complications due to the defective design.
The DePuy ASR was approved as a substantially equivalent design to the DePuy Pinnacle hip, which appears to be causing the same or worse problems as the ASR. Last year, the FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system registered at least 548 complaints about DePuy Pinnacle problems, with many reports indicating that the implants failed years before they were supposed to or caused symptoms that may be consistent with metal poisoning. These reports likely constitute only a small portion of the total number of issues from DePuy Pinnacle hips, which should have been identified by the manufacturer and led to a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall.
DePuy Pinnacle Recall Lawsuits
The hip recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential lawsuits for individuals who have experienced problems with a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. It appears clear that the defective hip system should have been pulled off the market, which may have allowed individuals to avoid severe pain and other complications associated with a DePuy Pinnacle hip failure.
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