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Company pulls defective defibrillator parts off of the market, many still implanted in patients

Numerous product liability lawsuits have recently been filed against Medtronic Inc. regarding its “leads”, which are wires connecting a patient’s heart to a defibrillator. Medtronic has stopped selling its defibrillator leads and critics have begun examining how safety concerns had been previously handled by the company and the Food and Drug Administration. The company recently released information about the leads including the fact that 2.3% of the 268,000 wires had fractured. There are currently 235,000 people with the leads still implanted in them.

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