Sprint Fidelis Articles
April 8, 2009. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Four Have Died During Extractions ]
Washington, DC Two years after Medtronic stopped selling the vilified Sprint Fidelis lead, there is a growing concern as to its continued viability—and while Medtronic and the medical community in general recommend not replacing working leads unless they fail, some doctors are doing just that.
February 24, 2009. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Failure Rate of Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Could Be Higher ]
Minneapolis, MN Patients with the Medtronic Fidelis Sprint lead, a medical device that connects to the heart and was expected to be effective in 95 percent of patients in spite of a recall two years ago, may be worse off than first thought. A new study suggests that three years after implantation the Sprint Fidelis lead is only expected to remain functional in 88 percent of patients.
October 17, 2008. By Heidi Turner.
Read [ Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Sparked "Extreme Anxiety" ]
Houston, TX Patients who have been affected by the 2007 Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead recall are contacting lawyers to determine whether or not they have a claim against Medtronic. While some people have actually been harmed by fractured Sprint Fidelis leads, others say they constantly live with the fear that their defibrillator will not work as promised, a potentially fatal problem.
August 26, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Update: The News is No Better ]
Minneapolis, MN It's been several months since the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead recall made headlines after defibrillator patients experienced inappropriate shocks due to a fracture in the super-thin lead. However, the story is still at play: lawsuits keep coming in, and continued research verifies the problem with the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis.
March 12, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Read [ Sprint Fidelis Case Highlights Industry and FDA Failures ]
Waltham, MA In an article in the March 6 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. William H. Maisel says that a flawed medical device approval process at the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and deliberate foot dragging by Medtronic Inc. made the Sprint Fidelis lead debacle far worse than necessary.
March 11, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Read [ Medtronic: It's Not Just Sprint Fidelis ]
Rancho Mirage, CA Sandy Wells never had an implantable cardiac defibrillator with defective Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads in her body. That's the good news. The bad news is that she did have a Medtronic Synergy neurostimulator implanted under her arm in hopes of relieving her chronic migraine headaches.
March 10, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Medtronic: No Human Testing of the Failed Sprint Fidelis Lead ]
Stamford, CT In a blockbuster revelation published in the March 6th, 2008 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), we learn that Medtronic was allowed to take the defective Sprint Fidelis lead to market with only bench testing, without the need for a human trial.
March 7, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Read [ Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: "I'm beginning to wonder if any of their leads are worth a crap." ]
Wyoming, MI At first, Lisa Kraft's story sounds like a classic Medtronic Sprint Fidelis failure. She had a Medtronic device implanted last fall; early this year, one of the leads failed, and a month later was found to have fractured. Now she's trying to decide what to do: Have the lead replaced? Leave the device in place and hope for the best? Get rid of it altogether?
March 4, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Read [ Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: "It might have killed me." ]
Loves Park, IL Maureen Billings describes herself as "a young 74—I'm very active. I still work, although I'm retired. I do in-store demos—food, mops, wrinkle stuff. And I really enjoy it. I get to know a lot of people and a lot of products that I never thought existed. It's fun." Her enjoyment of life was interrupted—almost permanently—recently when the defective Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads on her implantable cardiac defribrillator (ICD) failed.
February 24, 2008. By Paul Halpern.
Read [ Supreme Court Decision May Not Shield Medtronic Sprint Fidelis from Legal Action ]
Washington, DC: Make no mistake about it: the recent Supreme Court decision in Riegel v. Medtronic is exactly what the plaintiffs' attorney Allison Zieve calls it: "Pretty bad for patients, pretty good for industry profits." In dismissing a state court lawsuit against Medtronic for the failure of an Evergreen balloon catheter, the Supremes gave Medtronic and other medical device manufacturers a shield against state legal action for any medical device that received pre-market approval (PMA) from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Supreme Court Sides with Medtronic in Key Case By Paul Halpern (Feb-20-08)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Texas Man Says Failed Leads Caused PTSD By Paul Halpern (Feb-12-08)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: A Twisted System By Paul Halpern (Feb-5-08)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis: Medtronic Tries to Get Off the Legal Hook By Paul Halpern (Jan-30-08)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Patients Unsure of What to Do By Heidi Turner (Jan-20-08)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads: No Easy Answers By Heidi Turner (Jan-6-08)
- Preemption - Bush Administration Tag-Team Argues for Medtronic Part II By Evelyn Pringle (Jan-3-08)
- Preemption - Bush Administration Backs Medtronic in Supreme Court - Part I By Evelyn Pringle (Jan-1-08)
- Medtronic: "Proceed with Extreme Caution" By Heidi Turner (Dec-30-07)
- Medtronic Patients Report Problems with Occipital Nerve Stimulator By Heidi Turner (Dec-23-07)
- Sprint Fidelis Leads: Medtronic should be Honest By Heidi Turner (Dec-20-07)
- Medtronic Leads: "Nothing but Problems" By Heidi Turner (Dec-18-07)
- Medtronic Fidelis lead: a Nightmare for Patients By Gordon Gibb (Dec-13-07)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Investigated By Heidi Turner (Dec-11-07)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Should Pay for Surgery By Heidi Turner (Dec-1-07)
- Potential Malfunction Lawsuits Filed Against Medtronic By Heidi Turner (Nov-29-07)
- Sprint Fidelis Recall Costs Medtronic By Heidi Turner (Nov-24-07)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads: Thirty-Two Shocks in Forty Minutes By Heidi Turner (Nov-19-07)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Facing More Lawsuits By Heidi Turner (Nov-15-07)
- Medtronic Faces Another Sprint Fidelis Lead Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Nov-11-07)
- Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Patients By Heidi Turner (Nov-8-07)
- Medtronic Recall too Late for Some By Heidi Turner (Nov-3-07)
- Patients Concerned about Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads By Heidi Turner (Oct-30-07)
- Medtronic Leads Fractured By Jane Mundy (Oct-19-07)
- Medtronic's Fidelis Cardiac leads Defective: Lawsuits Filed By Gordon Gibb (Oct-16-07)
- Medtronic Defibrillators: Faulty Leads linked to Five Deaths By Gordon Gibb (Oct-15-07)