- titanium head
- poly liner
- ceramic ball.
Over 700 adverse event reports were filed with the FDA in just the last three months (July-September 2011.) This compares to 556 adverse event reports that were filed in the previous six months (January – June 2011) and 556 reports that were filed in all of 2010.
It is perplexing to us why the Food and Drug Administration has not yet recalled the Pinnacle hip implant. Over 2,500 adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA regarding the Pinnacle hip implant. To put this into perspective, in August 2010 when the FDA announced the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall, half the number of adverse event reports had been filed for the ASR (1,195) as have now been reported for the Pinnacle (2,500.)
The following chart shows the history of adverse event reports for the Pinnacle hip implant:
hip replacement recall. For example, many doctors have reported that Pinnacle hip implants are failing due to a large amount of metal degrading from the implant. The problems with all metal-on-metal implant has recently been addressed by the media, including NBC Nightly News and The New York Times.
Despite the rapidly rising number of complaints, the FDA still has not forced DePuy to recall the Pinnacle hip implant. DePuy continues to sell the Pinnacle hip implant to unsuspecting patients who likely are not being told about the number of adverse events reports that have been filed with the FDA.
Brian Devine, a former insider at an orthopedic company who now represents victims of DePuy’s hip implants, is concerned that the FDA may be allowing a defective hip implant to remain on the market. Brian Devine filed the first lawsuit involving the Pinnacle hip implant six months ago in October 2010. Since then, more than 500 lawsuits have been filed across the country.