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Medtronic Cardiac Defibrillator Lawsuit

On February 10, 2005, Medtronic Inc. issued an alert to doctors about its family of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and CRT-D devices with batteries manufactured prior to December 2003. These pacemaker-like devices may experience rapid battery depletion due to a specific internal battery short mechanism. Once a short occurs, battery depletion can take place within a few hours to a few days, after which there is a complete loss of device function.

implantable defibrillatorThese Medtronic Cardiac Defibrillator devices, used by patients who suffer from an irregular heartbeat, are surgically implanted under the collarbone and emit an electrical shock to jolt the heart back into regular rhythm.

To date, Medtronic has found this battery defect in several of its 87,000 devices. Thousands of patients throughout the world rely on these defibrillators, about 75% of Medtronic's defibrillators are implanted in U.S. patients and 13,000 have already had the device surgically removed. Currently, Medtronic is offering to replace the $20,000 device and pay several thousands of dollars in additional expenses but there are no definite plans to pay for the necessary second surgery.

The devices that have been affected include the following which were manufactured between April 2001 and December 2003:

  • Marquis� VR/DR
  • Maximo� VR/DR ICDs
  • InSync I/II/III Marquis�
  • InSync III Protect� CRT-D


  • In a similar situation, Medtronic recalled and replaced over 16,000 Implanted Defibrillators between 2001 and 2003 when it was discovered that a battery flaw might render the unit ineffective. In 2004, Medtronic announced a recall of their Micro Jewell II and GEM DR ICDs.

    Medtronic, a key player in the worldwide medical technology race, distributes products and services to 5 million patients each year, generating $9 billion in annual sales.

    Medical professionals advise that if you have a Medtronic defibrillator device implanted, talk to your doctor as soon as possible to find out more about your medical options.

    Medtronic Sprint Fidelis

    On October 15, 2007 Medtronic Inc. suspended sales of a component used with its implantable cardioverter difibrillators (ICD). The equipment was reportedly linked to five patient deaths. Medtronic stopped sales of the Sprint Fidelis line of leads, which link the heart to the ICD. There are nearly 268,000 leads implanted in patients around the world. The company and the FDA recommend patients see their doctors to reprogram their ICDs to better monitor for the potential of lead fracturing.

    If you have had the device replaced or plan to have it replaced, whether or not you suffered complications from the procedure, you may be entitled to compensation.


    Medtronic Defibrillator Articles

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    Medtronic Defibrillators In the News

    JUN-20-07: Medtronic announced that it is eliminating around 550 jobs from its Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management division because of a slow market for implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The defibrillators are implanted in the chest to shock hearts back into rhythm. [WKBT: MEDTRONIC]

    MAY-31-07: Medtronic announced it will be laying off workers because of disappointing sales. The market for implantable defibrillators was hurt by a number of recalls of the devices. [PRESS: MEDTRONIC]

    APR-20-07: A school district has filed a countersuit against Medtronic and two other companies claiming a Medtronic heart defibrillator did not work when a student's heart stopped during gym class. The student survived but suffered brain damage as a result of the incident. [RECORDNET: MEDTRONIC]

    FEB-12-07: Number of heart patients suing Medtronic Inc. over faulty defibrillators has more than doubled in the past two months. [SEATTLE PI: DEFECTIVE MEDTRONIC DEFIBRILLATOR]

    JUN-22-05: Medtronic fails to comply with FDA's requests to correct manufacturing problems and investigate complaints against the LifePak 12 external defibrillator. Approximately 60,000 LifePak 12 defibrillators are used in hospitals worldwide. The device is used to shock a failing heart but there have been reports of device failure. [WASHINGTON POST: DEFECTIVE DEFIBRILLATOR]

    MAR-22-05: Health Canada safety information on Medtronic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators, Marquis ICD and CRT-D. [HEALTH CANADA: MEDTRONIC DEFIBRILLATOR]

    FEB-11-05: FDA announces Medtronic's warning about several of their implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D). [FDA: DEFECTIVE DEFIBRILLATOR] FDA also announces recall of Medtronic's LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs). [FDA: MEDTRONIC DEFIBRILLATOR]

    Medtronic Defibrillator Legal Help

    If you have a Medtronic internal cardiac defibrillator and have experienced multiple shocks for no apparent reason, or you have reason to believe it might be one of the various models that have been failing to operate properly, or you've had to endure additional pain and discomfort to replace a bad or recalled defibrillator, please click the link below to submit your complaint to a Medtronic lawyer for a free case evaluation.



    Last updated on Jun-18-09

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    More Trouble in Medtronic Heartland Mineapolis, MN: Minnesota based Medtronic is one of the world's largest suppliers of defibrillators through its Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management division and its top selling products are pacemakers and defibrillators. CRDM net sales for the 3 and 9 months ended January 26, 2007 were $1.291 billion and $3.904 billion, according to the firm's latest SEC filing [READ MORE]



    READER COMMENTS

    Posted by
    Alabama
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    My MEDTRONIC Sprint FIDELIS implanted heart defibrillator did not fracture until 10/10/2012, when the lead wires fractured causing numerous unnecessary shocks. It was a very scary and upsetting time for my family and myself. Especially considering all my other major health problems. I have a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, massive heart attack, blood clots, and diabetes.

    Posted by
    Georgia
    on
    I had complications with the original surgery when the device was implanted and had to have one of the two leads removed. Then the recall and I chose not to undergo surgery to have it replaced. Now I have a broken lead and my doctors feel like the risks for me to have surgery may be more severe than my original need for the device. Nobody knows what to do. I am in limbo.

    Posted by
    Iowa
    on
    My father was paying for me to go to school, and because of his death, I have lost the $1300 a month I was receiving from him, and I am suffering severe hardship now that I am having to work twice as much while still trying to go to school.
    Apart from the financial damages, I lost my dad, even though he had gone to extensive measures to keep living. I was convinced by doctors that the defibrillator would help, and it failed when he needed it most.

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