DePuy Pinnacle hip implant

Personal injury lawsuits allege DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is defective

More than 300 individual personal injury lawsuits have been filed throughout the country alleging metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant systems are defective. The Pinnacle medical device is manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

As a result of the mounting claims, on May 24, 2011, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) established MDL No. 2244 for litigation involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip implants. The Pinnacle MDL, officially titled  In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, is consolidated under Judge Ed Kinkeade in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.

Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy subsidiary already face thousands of lawsuits regarding the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular system, which was recalled in August 2010. That recall affects about 93,000 people worldwide, and is based on a higher than expected number of revision surgeries required by patients who received the hip implant.

Patients who received the DePuy ASR device report problems including loosening of the implant, fracture at the implant site, dislocation of the implant, as well as pain, swelling and trouble walking. Additionally, some of these cases allege illnesses possibly related to the release of tiny metal particles resulting from friction where the metal parts rub together.

Pinnacle litigation involves allegations of similar adverse events possibly associated with the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, which also is a metal-on-metal implant. The Pinnacle product has not been recalled.

Sources:
Thompson Reuters
Wall Street Journal
FDA

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