The DePuy Pinnacle® Acetabular Cup System is a total hip replacement system manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. The DePuy hip replacement device was approved in 2002 by the FDA, but because it was considered “substantially equivalent” to a previously approved product, it did not go through the rigorous testing normally required for such devices. In fact, the Pinnacle hip implant was taken off the market in 2013 when the FDA tightened their regulations.
DePuy Pinnacle Complications
The Pinnacle system uses a metal-on-metal construction, with a metal ball inserted into a metal socket. However, this can shed metal particles into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream, resulting in a kind of blood poisoning called metallosis, as well as tissue damage, inflammation and infection. The implant can also cause bone erosion, or even separate from the bone entirely, making things worse instead of better. DePuy’s Pinnacle Hip System has been known to fail after only five years, unlike hip implants made from other materials that can last over 20 years.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Recall
Over 1,300 complaints about the Pinnacle system have been submitted to the FDA and over 8,000 lawsuits have been filed due to injuries and illnesses caused by the defective hip implants. This is likely because the Pinnacle system was brought to market under minimum scrutiny to determine its safety, much like the DePuy ASR, which was ultimately recalled.
Pope McGlamry was instrumental in the recent bellwether case against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, which resulted in a $1 billion verdict, including $32 million in compensatory damages and over $500 million in punitive damages.
Steps to Take If You’ve Had a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement
If you or someone you know have a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system and have suffered pain in the groin, hip or leg area, swelling and inflammation or limping or any other issues:
- See your doctor immediately.
- Do not release any of your confidential medical information to any DePuy representatives before speaking to experienced hip replacement counsel.
- If you are told that you will need hip revision surgery, make sure that the removed component parts are preserved. Your counsel should be familiar with this process and working with the proper experts to insure that it is done correctly.
Pope McGlamry’s experienced legal counsel is intimately familiar with DePuy Orthopaedics and their faulty hip systems, and can help you with your claim. Call 877-285-7656 for a consultation or submit your case online today.
Disclaimer: All use of the Pinnacle mark is for informational and product identification purposes only. This post should not be taken as either medical or legal advice, but instead should act as a resource in providing general information that may be useful to the general public. Pope McGlamry is not affiliated with the medical device manufacturers, DePuy Orthopaedics, Johnson & Johnson, or their distributors.