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Hate to Break Your Heart: Companies Lie about Product Safety

Posted Oct 01 2012 12:00am

Lying doctor Note:  We find it interesting that while the media reports (thankfully) on the problems with drug and medical device safety with a certain level of intense indignation - after all, knowingly harming patients is pretty low - the complete protection of vaccinations despite mounting evidence of problems continues.  It's a blind spot the size of a mountain (of money....)  From The Wall Street Journal on defibrillator problems.

From Christopher Weaver of The Wall Street JournalIn December 2010, St. Jude Medical Inc. STJ +0.21% issued a warning letter to doctors: Wires inside Riata defibrillator leads—cables that connect the heart to implantable defibrillators—were sometimes breaking through their insulation from the inside out.

The problem, which ultimately led to a recall last year, could cause defibrillators to send unnecessary jolts to the heart or fail to deliver lifesaving shocks to return chaotic heart rhythms back to normal. The company said it had identified dozens of cases with visible signs of the problem, and pulled Riata from the market.

For many doctors, this was the first notice of a problem with Riata.

But before that 2010 warning, physicians including Alan Cheng, director of Johns Hopkins Medicine's arrhythmia service; Samir Saba, chief of electrophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and Ernest Lau at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Ireland, say they had encountered this so-called "inside-out abrasion" in their own practices between 2006 and 2009. When these doctors brought the incidents to the attention of St. Jude they say they were told by company officials and field representatives that the incidents were isolated. The malfunctions described by the doctors didn't result in deaths.    Read more  HERE.

Posted by Age of Autism at October 11, 2012 at 5:44 AM in Current Affairs Permalink

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