The first of more than 6,000 DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits to go to trial is underway in federal court in Dallas.
The plaintiff, a 58 year old woman from Montana, received two Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacements in 2009. Soon afterwards, she began experiencing pain and other complications and had the hip replacements removed in 2011. When her surgeons removed the hip replacements, they found that they were black from wear and decay caused by metallosis. Blood tests showed that she was suffering from chromium and cobalt poisoning and that her levels were 85 times higher than normal.
Evidence DePuy Knew Of Poisoning Risk, High Failure Rate
Evidence at the trial has shown that DePuy knew of the risk of metal poisoning from the hip replacements as early as 2001.
A doctor who consulted for DePuy on the development of the Pinnacle hips informed the company in 2001 that metal ions leaching from the hip replacements into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream was a “major issue.” In 2008 and 2010, doctors also informed DePuy of their concerns that the Pinnacle hip replacements were harming patients, with one writing in an email that the problems with the hips “is an epidemic” and that “these products are harming patients.”
Internal DePuy documents introduced into evidence at the trial also showed that the Pinnacle hips had a 5-year failure rate of 15%, three times higher than the company expected.
DePuy Used Loophole To Bypass Federal Approval Process
DePuy first began selling DePuy Pinnacle hips in 2005. DePuy used a loophole in federal law that allowed it to bypass having the Pinnacle hip replacements approved for use in patients by the Food & Drug Administration, the federal agency that oversees prescription medicines and medical devices. When the FDA closed the loophole and announced in 2012 that all new artificial hips would require approval, DePuy stopped selling the Pinnacle hip replacements.
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