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Metal-On-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Named in 1,800 Lawsuits

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The metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant has been named in 1,800 lawsuits and more are expected.

The defective Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits concern problems with the version that consists of an all-metal design, which is allegedly associated with serious risks for permanent injuries, including tissue and organ damage. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants, the DePuy Pinnacle model is prone to shed small metal fragments through normal implant wear-and-tear, which causes an accumulation of the toxic metals cobalt and chromium in the patient’s body. If not resolved, dangerous complications, including the growth of small tumors, death to muscle and tissue, and organ damage, can occur.

Pinnacle hip implant patients have also reported pain, inflammation at the site of the implant, popping and squeaks from the implant area, and total device failure. Even though the Pinnacle and other metal-on-metal implants were advertised as a good option for younger recipients because they’re allegedly designed to last longer than traditional implants, the opposite has shown true. DrugWatch pointed out that one British study linked the metal debris to bladder and kidney cancer.

Now, more DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits are joining the multidistrict litigation (MDL), said DrugWatch; the presiding judge and lead attorneys are working toward the discovery phase. The more-than-1,800 lawsuits are now part of In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2244), which is being overseen by the Honorable James E. Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The MDL was implemented in May 2011.

In an August 9, 2012 status conference, Judge Kinkeade talked about scheduling issues and preserving evidence as part of the MDL discovery phase; no date has been announced for the first case, or bellwether trial, said DrugWatch. DrugWatch noted that, in an MDL, lawsuits are grouped due to similar claims and plaintiffs share the pre-trial discovery process. Individual cases are tried separately and plaintiff are granted separate judgments or monetary settlements. In a class-action lawsuit, all cases are tried together.

Although 93,000 DePuy ASR hip implants were recalled in August 2010 and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been receiving complaints about the DePuy Pinnacle, a recall has not been issued. The DePuy Pinnacle—a precursor to the DePuy ASR, was approved in 2000, noted DrugWatch, which pointed out that, according to Reuters, DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits could easily outnumber what is being seen with the DePuy ASR. DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

In the United States, about 37,000 patients have been implanted with the DePuy ASR; 150,000 patients have been implanted with DePuy’s Pinnacle, said DrugWatch. “We’re simply seeing the tip of the iceberg with metal-on-metal failures,” Dr. Mary O’Connor, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, told Reuters, said DrugWatch.

Meanwhile, the first four bellwether trials involving claims against the DePuy’s ASR metal-on-metal hip implants are scheduled to start next year. U.S. District Judge David Katz has ordered both sides of the massive MDL, which involves thousands of claims, to choose four cases to serve as bellwethers for others already filed, as well as for potential future claims.

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