Life Sciences

Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Medtronic

Device Regulation Alert: Safety, Compliance and Reimbursement News, February 23, 2009

FDA approval preempts patients’ rights to sue medical device manufacturers for potentially faulty devices, according to a February 17 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision.

Joseph Blunt had a Medtronic Marquis 7230 defibrillator implanted in 2004 to prevent heart failure. In 2005, Medtronic announced the battery in the Marquis 7230 could fail in one out of 10,000 patients, leading to a loss of power.

Read more about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision.

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