Thoratec Issues Correction Of HeartMate II Pump

Law360, New York (October 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Heart device manufacturer Thoratec Corp. has issued a voluntary medical device correction of one of its mechanical heart products, reporting that five patients have died after wear and tear caused the pump to fail.

On Friday, Thoratec initiated the recall of all serial numbers of the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Systems having catalog number 1355 or 102129, disclosing that over time, wear and fatigue of the electrical wire connecting the blood pump with the system controller may result in damage that could interrupt pump function,...
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