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FDA Has Concerns About All Types of Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
August 17, 2012 - Traditional Metal-on-Metal (MoM) total hip replacement implants consist of a femoral head ball, femoral stem, and an acetabular cup - all made of metal materials. The FDA recommends that any MoM hip patient with pain in the groin, hip, or leg; swelling at or near the hip joint; or a limp or change in walking ability be evaluated by their orthopedic surgeon promptly due to unique risks of MoM implants.

Update: DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Update
August 17, 2012 - The DePuy Pinnacle® hip has multiple different liner options which allow for a number of different bearing-surface combinations: ceramic-on-polyethylene, metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on-metal or ceramic-on-metal. Lawsuits involving Pinnacle® implants claim that the implant caused injury, including early implant failure and metalosis.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implants
June 2011- DePuy Orthopaedic's Pinnacle hip implant has been linked with premature loosening and excessive metal wear that can result in elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in the body and a metalosis reaction in the tissue surrounding the hip. Early revision surgery to remove and replace the Pinnacle may be indicated in some cases. On May 24th, 2011, a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) for DePuy Pinnacle hip implants was established in the Northern District of Texas. We are actively litigating these cases and will be very involved in this rapidly developing MDL litigation.

JPML Separates Minn. Plaintiff’s ASR and Pinnacle Hip Replacement Claims
June 21, 2011 - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has divided DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implant claims asserted by a Minnesota woman in a single federal lawsuit and conditionally assigned them to pending MDLs in Texas and Ohio.

Consumer Alert: MDL No. 2244 Established for DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Cases Claiming Premature Failure
June 1, 2011 - Patients who experience a premature failure of their DePuy Pinnacle hip prostheses typically require surgery to remove the failed hip replacement, placement of a new prostheses, as well as rehabilitation associated with this major surgery. On May 24th, 2011, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPMDL") established MDL No. 2244 devoted to litigation surrounding the DePuy Pinnacle hip implants.

Consumer Alert: DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implants 
Spring 2011 - DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is facing public scrutiny regarding the premature loosening and failure of the Pinnacle hip prostheses. Within the past year alone, the FDA has received hundreds of adverse reports regarding failures or other complications related to the Pinnacle device.

Tara D. Sutton


Chair, National Mass Tort Group;
Member of Executive Board

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