Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (IDCs) are devices which can be implanted in the chests of heart patients to monitor and regulate irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) by generating electrical pulses. Guidant Corp., a manufacturer of IDCs, admitted to failing to notify physicians and consumers when the company discovered defects in one of their defibrillator models. Defects included short-circuiting and memory errors. In 2005, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of 50,000 defective devices, some for potential malfunctioning that could result in serious injury or death. These recalls affected 11 of Guidant’s IDC models. Several class action lawsuits have been filed against the corporation and all federal cases have been consolidated under one judge.
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