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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defense Motion in Federal Litigation of DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims
Date:6/24/2013

y caused by its potential to wear out, which in turn may cause metallic debris to shed into the patient’s blood stream.

Less than a month before this Case List update was posted, Johnson & Johnson announced its plans to halt sales of the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement, as well as other metal-on-metal hip devices currently manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics. The company’s decision to end sales of its metal-on-metal hip replacements was published in a May 16th report from the New York Times.* In citing its reasons for stopping sales of these devices, the company stressed that its decision did not signify a DePuy Pinnacle recall and was prompted by lower sales demands, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent proposal to institute new regulations for approving metal hip implants.

According to the new regulations proposed by the agency in January 2013, all manufacturers of this class of devices would be required to conduct safety and efficacy studies on their products in order to continue selling them. Thus, metal-on-metal hip replacements would become ineligible to receive approval via the FDA’s 510(k) process, which allows a device to bypass human testing.**

Patients who allegedly experienced complications stemming from the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages caused by their injuries. Visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website to learn more about how to file a lawsuit over the implant you received or call a DePuy Pinnacle lawyer directly at 800-511-5092 today.

*nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/jj-is-phasing-out-metal-replacement-hips.html?ref=health&_r=0
**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm24160
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