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The FDA Warning Letter RE: St. Jude ICD Batteries One Year Later

The FDA Warning Letter RE: St. Jude ICD Batteries One Year Later February 10, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Sylmar, CA: We will soon be coming up to the one-year anniversary of the receipt by Abbott Laboratories of a scathing warning letter by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At issue were various allegations and findings of non-compliance and failures to maintain good manufacturing practices determined during an inspection of its facility in Sylmar, California. Of interest to litigants bringing St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits, are findings of non-conformity with regard to its cardiac defibrillator line - namely its Fortify, Unify, Assura and Quadra devices.
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Canadian Class Action Launched Against Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators

Canadian Class Action Launched Against Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators January 13, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Toronto, ON: Imagine the panic one might feel when told the defibrillator relied upon to help keep you alive, could fail at any time and with little warning. In reality, that circumstance is one Canadian lawsuit plaintiff Shirley Houle didn’t have to imagine. Amongst the St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits, is a Canadian class action launched this past May.
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Alaskan Health Insurer Sues Abbott / St. Jude over Defective ICD Batteries

Alaskan Health Insurer Sues Abbott / St. Jude over Defective ICD Batteries December 24, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Chicago, IL: Chicago may be far removed from Alaska geographically, but Illinois serves as home base for a proposed St. Jude class action lawsuit brought by an Alaskan union-benefits fund against St. Jude manufacturer Abbott Laboratories (Abbott).
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Some Heart Patients with St. Jude Battery are Ticked Off

Some Heart Patients with St. Jude Battery are Ticked Off December 19, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Modesto, CA: As if it isn’t bad enough that St Jude Medical allegedly failed to properly report the risk of early battery-depletion and two deaths that finally led to a recall, some heart patients were never informed of the recall. And now, knowing that your defibrillator could fail at any time exacerbates problems that heart patients are already dealing with, from risk of infection to emotional and financial issues.
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The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough?

The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough? November 9, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The announcement last month of a new software tool capable of alerting patients with defective St. Jude cardiac defibrillators when a battery is in danger of failing prematurely may be too little, too late for patients who have suffered adverse events when defective defibrillator batteries failed too soon. Many have filed St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits over the issue.
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Heart Patient Fears for Her Life Living with Recalled St. Jude Pacemaker

Heart Patient Fears for Her Life Living with Recalled St. Jude Pacemaker November 1, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Chino, CA: When Marisa received an “Important Medical Device Advisory” letter from St. Jude Medical announcing that her implantable cardiac defibrillator may contain batteries that could run out sooner than expected, she was concerned, to say the least. Since she was 12 years old, Marisa, age 31, has depended upon a pacemaker to keep her alive.
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Criticism for Both St. Jude Medical and FDA over Defective St. Jude ICD Batteries

Criticism for Both St. Jude Medical and FDA over Defective St. Jude ICD Batteries October 20, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A troubling report that ran in The New York Times back in April shed a dark shadow on defective St. Jude cardiac defibrillators and the batteries that powered them. St Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits have alleged further than the original manufacturer of the medical devices, St. Jude Medical, downplayed reports of device failure for years. And it’s not just St. Jude lawsuit plaintiffs making that allegation; so too, is the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to The New York Times (04/13/17).
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Were Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators Implanted Even After Recall?

Were Defective St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillators Implanted Even After Recall? October 9, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC: The complaint in the ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Health Benefits Trust defective St Jude cardiac defibrillator lawsuit contains shocking new allegations. The fact-finding that follows may give patients the information they need to seek redress.
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St. Jude Battery Failure, Delayed Recall and it all comes down to Money

St. Jude Battery Failure, Delayed Recall and it all comes down to Money September 28, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA: The battery seems to have run out, so to speak, on St. Jude’s recall process. The company made a change to its battery design back in 2015 but didn’t acknowledge the reasoning behind the design—until the lithium battery defects were confirmed internally.
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Insurers Seek Compensation from St. Jude’s Medical in Class Action Lawsuit

Insurers Seek Compensation from St. Jude’s Medical in Class Action Lawsuit September 22, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Seattle, WA A Health Benefit Trust that covers Alaskan State Employees is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against St. Jude’s Medical and Abbott Laboratories seeking compensation for costs related to defective lithium battery powered implantable cardiac defibrillators.
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