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Like the DePuy ASR, the Depuy Pinnacle hip system is also involved in a multidistrict litigation, this time with over 5,400 claims in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The litigation is to be presided by Judge James E. Kinkeade with the first trial scheduled for September 2014. Bellwether trials were scheduled to start in early 2014 in Maryland and in New Jersey, with approximately 650 pending ASR cases.
Lawsuits regarding the DePuy Pinnacle have claims against the company regarding its device components that cause metal poisoning in patients as well as swelling because of the friction between the metal components, thus yielding metal debris in the body. Lawyers of these cases continue to argue that the Pinnacle’s design qualities are very much the same as those of the DePuy ASR implants.
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A jury in California awarded $8.3 million to a retired prison guard residing in Montana in March 2013; with the $8 million for pain and suffering damages, and $338,136 for medical expenses. Unfortunately, a month later, a Chicago jury denied claims that were filed by a nurse from Illinois.
DePuy Pinnacle: Symptoms and Side Effects
Doctors, through revision surgery, found cloudy fluid in hip pockets, severe tissue death and ruptured tendons in patients. Doctors also estimate that over 10% of the Pinnacle devices implanted in patients will fail between two to three years.
One study had found that chromium and cobalt ions from which these devices are made of can injure lymph nodes, spleen, liver and the kidneys. On the other hand, other studies have also implied associations to neurological and heart problems.
The Pinnacle model is similar to any other metal-on-metal hip implant devices in such a way that the metal debris emitted onto the body, including the blood stream, other organs and surrounding tissue, can cause metal poisoning that can also lead to necrosis – the premature death of surrounding tissue in the implant site. Other patients are able to notice lumps or pseudotumors under their skin which is also a complication brought about by metal-on-metal hip devices.
FDA Warnings, Recalls and Reports
The metal-on-metal acetabular cup liner of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System was approved by the FDA through the 510(k) System, since it was very similar to the Ultima Metal-on-Metal Acetabular Cup, which is a device with a metal liner and shell, also designed and manufactured by the company.
Much like Ultima, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal system also created various detrimental complications in patients. UK doctors published the results of a study in 2010 of the Ultima metal liner. They found that 90 hips from 545 Ultima patients, in 82 patients, were revised after failure.
It was in the year of 2010 when the FDA obtained 548 adverse event reports associated with the different products under the Pinnacle brand. Event reports include patients requiring revision surgery to a loosened or dislocated device. However, no declaration has been made on whether the loose implants were the direct cause of defective DePuy Pinnacle implants or erroneous implantation during the surgery.
Instead of recalling the Pinnacle devices, DePuy, with knowledge regarding the dangers of this product, opted to discontinue the metal liner in August of 2013.
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