St. Jude Defibrillator Lead Faces Scrutiny

Law360, New York (November 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An electrical lead used in St. Jude Medical Inc.'s implantable defibrillators has poked holes in the hearts of cardiac patients on at least four occasions, according to an editorial published Monday in a medical journal.

The editorial, which appeared online in Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, said that St. Jude's Riata defibrillator leads had poked holes in the hearts of patients in Nebraska, New York and the Czech Republic, leading to near-fatal bleeding, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“There is a legitimate concern that the problem may...
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