The production of the last of the DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement systems is slated to come to an end in August, 2013. Johnson & Johnson orthopedics unit DePuy Orthopaedics announced in May that the discontinuation of the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system is eminent. The devices run will officially end in August of 2013.
This represents the last of the DePuy metal-on-metal implants being removed from the marketplace. Unfortunately for patients all over the world, more than one of DePuy’s implants have faced recalls and lawsuits. According to DePuy, the lines have been discontinued due to dwindling surgeon interest in the implant, as well as increased Food and Drug Administration(FDA) regulations involving testing on the bio-medical devices.
Metal-on-metal devices, like the DePuy ASR implants that were recalled in 2010, were often able to apply for special FDA “fast tracking” process. It seems that even in the official DePuy line is that testing the implants is going to be a bad investment. Speculation abounds regarding the deeper motivations regarding the discontinuation of the metal-on-metal implants.
DePuy is already on the hook for over $8.3 million in damages to former prison guard Loren Kransky. With the first major multi-district lawsuit regarding the lawsuit is slated to take place in Toledo in July. Mounting data shows higher than average failure rates, along with long term damage to patients in these and other metal-on-metal implants. For thousands of patients, it’s extremely vindicating to see DePuy finally stop marketing these devices. If you or a family member has a metal-on-metal hip, or other joint replacement, Csengeri Law can help.