Medtronic Settles Defibrillator Lawsuits

Medtronic has agreed to settle 2,682 lawsuits fro $114 million. The settlement agreement concerns Medtronic’s Marquis line of defibrillators. Medtronic was sued because of problems with the batteries in the Marquis defibrillators. The batteries had shorts that could cause faulty elecrical signals designed to keep the heart in a normal rhythm. This settlement has nothing to do with Medtronic’s Sprint Fidelis leads which can fracture causing electrical impulse malfunctions. The Sprint Fidelis leads were recalled in October 2007. They include model numbers 6930, 6931, 6948, and 6949. Leads comprise cardiac electrodes (thin wires) that connect heart devices directly to the heart. Sprint Fidelis leads were used in conjunction with ICDs and CRT-Ds – not pacemakers.
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