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Irish Man Plans to File Suit Over Failed DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant

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Another hip replacement patient is suing DePuy Orthopaedics, this time, an Irish man plans to file a lawsuit over a failed metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. DePuy Orthopaedics is a unit of drug and device giant, Johnson & Johnson.

Austin Willis, 51, is the first person in Northern Ireland to sue a major medical device firm over a potentially defective implant, said The Belfast Telegraph. Willis had to endure a second hip replacement surgery two years after his original implant failed. In February 2009 Willis received his all-metal hip. “I was in agony for four months after the surgery,” he told The Belfast Telegraph. Less than one year after surgery, Willis was diagnosed with an infection and the implant had to be replaced. Last February, Willis underwent revision surgery and was implanted with a ceramic-on-ceramic hip. “I feel for anybody who’s older and had to go through a hip operation twice because of that,” Willis added, said The Belfast Telegraph.

A DePuy spokesman defended its all-metal system, telling The Belfast Telegraph that its metal-on-metal system “is performing consistent with or better than other metal-on-metal products and consistent with benchmarks set by the UK National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.”

Willis is not alone, notes The Belfast Telegraph. Thousands of patients around the world have suffered pain and serious health problems over their faulty hip implants, specifically with metal-on-metal implants which have been linked to wide-ranging health issues, including premature device failure.

As a matter-of-fact, last May, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked 21 all-metal hip implant makers to conduct studies on their devices. Just last month, the agency announced it had a scheduled a meeting of outside advisors to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, and make recommendations regarding their use.

Willis’ attorney noted that in September 2010, the BBC announced that about 200 people in Northern Ireland could face revision surgery; a figure he believes to be an underestimation of the actual impact.

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