DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant: The Next Hip Replacement Recall?

Nearly 1,300 adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant.

Following the massive hip implant recall of DePuy’s ASR and ASR XL models, patients and doctors are reporting similar problems involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant when it is used with a metal liner.

Brian Devine, a former executive at an orthopedic manufacturer, believes that the Pinnacle implant has the same defect as the ASR implant that DePuy recently recalled because of a 13 percent failure rate.  Brian Devine is now using his experience inside the orthopedics industry to represent victims who were injured by either the Pinnacle or the ASR hip implants.

DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant can be used with one of three types of liners: metal, plastic, and ceramic.  The metal liner is known as the “Ultamet” or the Pinnacle Metal Insert.  Our investigation is focused on the Pinnacle with the metal liner.

Like the recalled ASR hip implant, the FDA has never approved DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant for use with a metal liner.  Instead, DePuy relied on a loophole in the FDA regulation that allows it to sell this hip implant without having to conduct any clinical trials that prove that the implant is safe or effective.

It wasn’t long after DePuy launched its Pinnacle hip implant that reports of failures began flooding into DePuy. For example, on May 4, 2002, DePuy received a complaint that a patient had to undergo a surgery to remove and replace the hip implant because the liner disassociated with the cup. DePuy closed its investigation of this complaint, finding that “corrective action is not indicated.” Just two weeks later, on May 17, 2002, DePuy received another report that another patient had to undergo surgery to remove and replace the hip implant because the acetabular cup had loosened.  Again, DePuy closed its investigation of this complaint, finding that “corrective action is not indicated.”

DePuy would go on to receive hundreds of similar complaints about the Pinnacle hip implant.  The chart to the right shows the number of adverse event reports that have been submitted to the FDA involving the Pinnacle hip implant.  To date, nearly 1,300 adverse reports have been filed with the FDA for Pinnacle hip implants. And these reports are growing rapidly over time.  For example, in 2010 alone, 545 adverse event reports were filed with the FDA regarding the Pinnacle hip implant.

The FDA has not yet recalled the Pinnacle hip implant.  But if DePuy’s recent ASR hip implant recall teaches us anything, it’s that the FDA doesn’t always move quickly to protect the public from defective medical devices.  In the case of the ASR hip implant, the FDA waited until the failure rate increased to a shocking 13 percent before it forced DePuy to issue a hip replacement recall.

Brian Devine has filed litigation against DePuy regarding the Pinnacle hip implant.  The lawsuit alleges that DePuy has been actively concealing the known defect in the Pinnacle hip implant from doctors and patients, and it has been misrepresenting that that the Pinnacle hip implant is a safe and effective medical device.


We currently represent people from across the country who had a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement that failed due to this defect.  If you or a loved one are a victim of DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant, you may be entitled to recover damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer.


Brian Devine strongly encourages patients to notify the FDA about any serious problem they are having with the Pinnacle implant.  The FDA has a free and easy to use website that allows patients to file an adverse event report online.  Click here to file an adverse event report with the FDA.


We have an unparalleled depth of knowledge about hip implant claims that comes from years representing orthopedic companies.  Over the last fifteen years, we have handled thousands of hip replacement claims.  Brian Devine, one of the founding partners of Seeger Salvas LLP, used to be an executive at Sulzer Medica, a global manufacturer of hip and knee implants.  As its Assistant General Counsel, Brian was responsible for all of the firm’s product liability cases worldwide.  When the company suddenly had to recall several thousand hip and knee implants in December 2000, Brian was responsible for managing the resulting avalanche of litigation. He managed thousands of individual cases and directed attorneys in almost every state in the country. He then took a leading role in negotiating a nationwide class-action settlement which provided $1 billion in compensation for the victims of Sulzer Medica’s hip replacement recall.

Brian now uses his experience to help victims who are injured by hip replacement products.  His legal and medical knowledge combined with the unique perspective he gained while working for a orthopedics company makes him a formidable adversary. Brian’s skill as an advocate is best proven by his results. In the last few years alone, he has recovered more than $20 million for a wide variety of clients. He has scored five victories in excess of $1 million, and his largest victory is a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of a single client.

Our description of your legal rights is not intended to imply that any product is defective. That can only be determined through a case-specific investigation. Pinnacle is a trademark of DePuy and is used for product identification purposes only.  This site is not affiliated in any way with DePuy.