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Parker Waichman LLP Responds to Johnson & Johnson’s Decision to Discontinue Some of Its DePuy All-metal and Ceramic-on-metal Hip Implant Products
Date:5/17/2013

hip implants to undergo more rigorous study of the PMA process.

The reason for this is that questions of the safety of metal implants have been on the rise in recent years. Safety concerns helped reduce the metal-on-metal hip implants from roughly 20% of the market in 2007 to less than 2% last year, with total industry sales plunging 90% over the same period, according to the statement from J&J. The FDA issued a report on Jan. 18, 2013, in which it highlighted several possible adverse health reactions some patients could have to metal implanted in their body:

  •     Loss or reduction of joint function.
  •     Adverse tissue reaction.
  •     Increased risk of premature device failure.
  •     Infection.

“Metal implants have the potential to be quite dangerous and the FDA has picked up on this, which is why it is requiring more stringent testing for metal implants than the earlier 510(k) process,” said Daniel C. Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “We know that recipients of the Pinnacle metal-on-metal implant, many of whom are our clients, have suffered from a range of complications, including the need for a revision surgery.”

Parker Waichman LLP filed dozens of lawsuits alleging that the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is defective. The firm’s most recent filing was on March 19, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where it is one of many cases pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) entitled In Re: DePuy Ort
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