DePuy Told To Work With Litigants
The judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation involving claims against DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants has ordered both parties to work together on a notice that must be sent to hospitals and physicians.
Mass Device reports that U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who presides over more than 1,100 Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation, ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy to work on the notice with the plaintiffs who brought the claims alleging the hip implants are faulty.
The opposing parties previously failed to agree upon the wording of a letter that needs to be sent to hospitals and physicians who participated in the FDA-mandated Pinnacle explant studies, writes Mass Device.
DePuy's Pinnacle implants were never recalled but they have been in the spotlight since the recall of the company’s ASR hip implants. Like the ASR implants, the Pinnacle device may also allow tiny bits of metal to shear off when the ball joint of the hip wears on the metal cup. The plaintiffs have alleged in their lawsuits that the Pinnacle implant is prone to early failure and heightened risk of problems as a result, reports Mass Device.
If you or someone you know has been harmed by a metal-on-metal hip implant or another unsafe medical device, contact Sokolove Law today for free legal consultation today and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.