JDP at the Products Liability Profs Blog talks about another round of Guidant recalls. Nearly 50,000 pacemakers and defibrillators have been recalled. About half have been implanted, while the others remain in stock on hospital shelves or with sales reps.
According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune:
Although five devices in the latest recall were found to have malfunctioned and two patients passed out as a result, no deaths have been reported. A component that stores the device's electrical charge may not work, either intermittently or permanently, causing the device to malfunction, or depleting the battery, the company said. Patients with affected models implanted in them should contact their physicians.
Read the full Guidant recall article.