FDA Warns Of Possible Philips Defibrillator Failure

Law360, New York (December 4, 2013, 4:56 PM ET) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that hundreds of thousands of Philips Healthcare defibrillators may fail in an emergency, and urged consumers to take additional precautions while awaiting replacement devices.

The agency issued a safety communication on HeartStart automated external defibrillator products made by Philips Medical Systems, part of the medical device unit of Koninklijke Philips NV. The advisory follows a massive recall of the devices initiated by Philips last year, covering around 700,000 devices.

The FDA warned that the devices may falter...
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