Texas DePuy Hip Implant MDL Exceeds 750 Complaints
The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant MDL now numbers 757 individual cases, including 17 federal lawsuits transferred earlier this month to the Northern District of Texas by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, according to Mass Device.
The complaints are consolidated under U.S. District Judge J. Edgar Kinkeade, reports Harris Martin Publishing.
The MDL began with 60 lawsuits in May 2011 under Judge Kinkeade. The complaints mainly allege that defects in DePuy’s Pinnacle hip replacement device caused harm to patients implanted with it. The Pinnacle hip implant came a few years before DePuy's ASR implants and is known to shed tiny metal particles as the hip's ball joint wears on the metal cup, reports Mass Device.
DePuy recalled its ASR Hip Resurfacing System as well as the ASR XL Acetabular System in 2010 after clinical studies revealed high failure rates and adverse reaction incidence rates. The recall affected more than 96,000 patients.