DePuy, Failure rate, Food & Drug Administration, Hip Replacement, Johnson & Johnson, lawsuit, UNited States, Wall Street Journal
Will the DePuy Pinnacle Bring the Next Wave of Lawsuits?
July 21, 2011, 10:30:00AM. By Heidi Turner; Source: click here
Denver, CO: Johnson & Johnson, maker of the DePuy Pinnacle hip device, is no stranger to lawsuits. After all, the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip replacement devices have resulted in a wave of lawsuits against DePuy’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson. Whether the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement will result in a similar wave of litigation against the device maker remains to be seen, although there are some similarities between the DePuy Pinnacle and the DePuy ASR devices.
According to The Wall Street Journal (07/08/11), Johnson & Johnson faces approximately 1,000 lawsuits related to its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Both the ASR and the Pinnacle are metal-on-metal devices. The ASR devices were recalled following reports of high failure rates in the devices. The Pinnacle has not been recalled.
DePuy has defended itself, saying that a report from Britain that showed a high failure rate was the first sign that there was a problem with the metal-on-metal hip device. When DePuy knew about the high failure rate of its ASR devices will be a key issue in litigation concerning the ASR. Some lawsuits allege DePuy knew in 2007, approximately two years before the device was recalled, about the high failure rate associated with the ASR.
In addition to failure of the hip device—which can result in revision surgery to replace the faulty hip device—some patients say they have developed high levels of cobalt and chromium in their bloodstream, possibly a side effect of metal debris coming loose from the hip replacement device.
Some lawsuits have been filed against DePuy concerning the Pinnacle, although those lawsuits reportedly number in the dozens, not in the thousands. According to The Wall Street Journal article, similar defects have been reported in the Pinnacle as in the ASR devices. DePuy defends the Pinnacle as a safe and effective device.
According to The Street (07/08/11), Johnson & Johnson could face up to $1 billion in liability and costs linked to the DePuy ASR lawsuits. Many lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson have been consolidated in federal court. Whether or not Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics will face a wave of litigation related to the Pinnacle remains to be seen.
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jean sansoni said:
So very frightened I had a deputy pinnacle hip replacement put in in 2007 at the age of 48 . I am now facing revision surgery due to a 7 cm lArge psuedotumors and elevated cobalt level of 5.2. Symptoms not horrible , just lots of burning and some numbness I. Right foot especially after working long days on my feet as a mammogram technician. So scared, S I keel hearing about very poor prognosis with revision surgeries with psuedotumors and how very painful it is. I am only 55 years old and I am devastated and depressed. I was told metal on metal would last over twenty years????
it is a very tough time but I think you will find that in most cases the revision works fine. Plastic on ceramic is a good solution for the revised hip. Even though there may be some residual pain you will feel much better. So don’t worry too much. Sounds like you have good good people looking after you.
jean sansoni said:
Thank you, Earl. I am so relieved to have found your blog. I was feeling so very alone. You have done a wonderful thing by creating this site. May God Bless you and I will let you know how I make out. So very scared. Keep me in your prayers.
Gerry mc manus said:
Years of pain and hell from the time I got the ASR hip to now l cant get a MRI scan l was going to galway from 2010 after recalled from Depuy about my shite implant pains up to 25 12 2019 one big joke l was going to galway 100 miles away xrays and bloods l was.toaled alright now come back. In a year time l was going for 6 years.in.pain and cut off no money left it will cost me €300 for same shite tests 100 miles from my home if I am to go back for tests l am in pain now l can not sleep after the surgery in galway l paid up front dr Murray in galway clinic
Gerry.mc manus said:
Last time l went galway 2016 l went to my doctor in 2017 with pain in my knees l was put on a waiting list for 2 more years in june of 2019 l seen a. OP doctor at my hospital in sligo l got bloods and xrays taken l was told the pains is from my ASR hip implant and my bloods is going up over 7 from mental on mental hip is on way out the shite from the mental of the ASR implant is in my blood l am in bad mood all of the time l am on a lot of tablets for pain depression anxiety and not feeling good in my life l still can not get a MRI scan done l have to get a specie scan.to find out wear the problem is coming from my hip after years of hell the cunts mead the hips have
No got one in demselfs all about money the bastres a life sentence l got