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June 27, 2006

More Guidant Product Safety Alerts

Guidant Corporation's new owner, Boston Scientific, has announced the recall of 49,800 pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defribrillators because a small number of them may malfunction.  Of that number, 27,200 have been implanted in patients.  The remainder are in the inventories of hospitals or sales representatives.  No deaths have been reported due to the devices that are the subject of this lastest recall.  Last summer, however, Guidant recalled 300,000 pacemakers and ICDs because a small number could potentially fail and seven deaths have been linked to some of those devices that failed to work properly.  Guidant's handling of last summer's recall has been subject to considerable criticism, inquiries by Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice and hundreds of lawsuits.  Boston Scientific says that it is working to remedy Guidant's problems - a task that could take up to 18 months - and that "this is not the last recall."  See Janet Moore's story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

JDP

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