Metal-On-Metal Hips To Be Phased Out By DePuy Orthopaedics: Production of All ASR Metal-On-Metal Pinnacle Hip Implants To End By August 2013, Reports Wright & Schulte
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, has recently announced that it will be phasing out the production and sale of its metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant devices. According to DePuy representatives, the decision to slowly pull Pinnacle hip replacement implants from the market was spurred by declining demand and a recent FDA ruling regarding these devices.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 03, 2013
Officials from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced on May 16th the company would be slowly phasing out the production and sale of its metal-on-metal hip implants and that Pinnacle would no longer be available in the U.S. by August 2013. The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant was the company´s last remaining metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant device on the market, as the metal-on-metal ASR hip implant device was recalled in 2010 due to findings that alleged that the metal-on-metal hip implant had a failure high rate. Also being phased out by DePuy by August 2013 is a metal component that can be used in both the Pinnacle hip implant and the Complete, a ceramic hip replacement device. [mobile.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/jj-is-phasing-out-metal-replacement-hips.html May 2013]
According to DePuy, the decision to discontinue the production and sales of the Pinnacle and the metal component was spurred by both a decline in surgeons´ demand for such metal-on-metal hip implants and a January 2013 FDA ruling requiring further testing on all-metal hip implants. Specifically, the January 2013 FDA ruling has mandated that manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants prove through additional clinical studies that MoM implants are safe and effective before continuing to sell them in the U.S.
This FDA ruling was enacted to close an existing loophole that allows manufacturers to only demonstrate that their devices are similar to those currently available in the U.S. without having to conduct clinical testing before selling them. “DePuy has communicated to the F.D.A. its decision not to pursue [further clinical studies on the Pinnacle,” DePuy officials expressed in a recent statement. [nytimes.com/2013/01/17/business/fda-to-tighten-regulation-of-all-metal-hip-implants.html January 2013]
Wright & Schulte, LLC specializes in defending the rights of those who have sustained serious injuries after using defective products and dangerous drugs. Our skilled DePuy hip implant attorneys are experienced at successfully going up against large corporations, like DePuy Orthopaedics. We encourage those who believe they have sustained DePuy hip implant complications to speak with our knowledgeable lawyers by visiting yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.
DePuy Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuits
According to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, DePuy is currently facing more than 3,300 Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits and upwards of 10,000 ASR hip implant recall lawsuits. As the first of these lawsuits is currently being litigated in an Ohio federal court (MDL 2197), DePuy´s internal documents revealing the failure rates associated with some of its metal-on-metal hip implants are slowly coming to light.
In fact, some of this documentation has revealed that DePuy´s own research found that its ASR hip implants had an approximately 40 percent failure rate within five years of implantation. Despite these significant findings, however, DePuy never publicized these results and continued to publicly downplay the risks of failure associated with its ASR hip implants even after it recalled the ASR implants in 2010. [nytimes.com/2013/01/23/business/jj-study-suggested-hip-device-could-fail-in-thousands-more.html?_r=1& January 2013]
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