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Reports indicated that at least 45 failures have occurred leading to at least two deaths as recently as May 2005.
Guidant said patients implanted with those devices should continue to see their doctors at three-month intervals and any patient who recently received a defibrillator shock should consult with their physician.
“Patient safety is paramount and our highest priority," Guidant CEO Ronald W. Dollens said in a statement. "Guidant takes seriously its responsibility to create most reliable products and services, enhance patient outcome and limit adverse events to patients." They also stated that they will continue to sell original Prizm 2 DR heart defibrillator even though a potential flaw prompted a redesign.
In April 2005, Guidant shareholders had approved acquisition of Guidant by Johnson & Johnson. Reports indicate that merger will still happen sometime this year.
If you or a loved one is currently using one of the recalled heart defibrillators, you may have a liability claim against Guidant Corporation. Please e-mail or call Jacoby & Meyers for an experienced defective product attorney at 1-888-JACOBY-1.