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October 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Guidant Corp. told U.S. regulators that it learned of six additional failures of implantable heart defibrillators since issuing a July notice about the devices used to regulate cardiac rhythms. The failures occurred in the Contak Renewal and Renewal 2 brand of devices, the Food and Drug Administration said. The two devices were among models included in warnings Guidant sent to doctors in June.
June 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
A second safety warning from Guidant Corp., one of the nation's largest medical device manufacturers, urged doctors to stop using five defibrillator models because they could malfunction and may have to be recalled. Indianapolis-based Guidant announced its second worldwide safety advisory in a week Friday, after voluntarily recalling seven defibrillator models last week. The pager-sized, implantable devices sense an irregular heart rhythm and shock the heart back into correct beating.
June 18, 2005 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure after malfunctions in at least 45 implanted defibrillators, including two that are suspected in patient deaths, Guidant Corp. on Friday recalled nearly 50,000 of the devices worldwide. For the Indianapolis-based company -- its stock price dropped nearly 2% on the news -- the recall means a financial blow as it prepares to be acquired by health giant Johnson & Johnson. For many patients, it means surgery to replace suspect devices.
June 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Medical device maker Guidant Corp. on Thursday stood by its decision to continue selling an implantable heart defibrillator for months after a potential flaw prompted a redesign, saying the original device was still reliable. "The reliability data showed that the original Ventak Prizm 2 DR, like the enhanced version, was a highly reliable lifesaving product," said Steve Tragash, Guidant's director of corporate communications. "Current data continues to support the reliability of this product."
May 25, 2005 | From Reuters
Guidant Corp. said it had notified regulators about problems with its defibrillators and said it was working with the Food and Drug Administration. Guidant, in a letter to doctors dated May 23, said a line of its implantable defibrillators contained a flaw that had caused a small number of them to malfunction, but it did not recommend the products be replaced. Guidant said the clinical performance of its device, the Ventak Prizm 2 DR ICD, "continues to exceed design expectations."
March 2, 2005 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Will Kimble leaned forward, touching his chest just below his left shoulder. "If you want to feel it, you can," he said. There, implanted beneath his skin but easily felt through his shirt, is a defibrillator, designed to shock his heart back into a normal rhythm if it detects an irregular heartbeat.
February 7, 2005
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - approved for home use recently by the Food and Drug Administration -can diagnose and restore normal heart rhythm to people who experience sudden cardiac arrest due to irregular heartbeat, or fibrillation. It should be operated by those trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Using the defibrillator 1. Turn on, listen to instructions. Lift off the cover, which automatically turns on the device.
December 8, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson, the world's biggest maker of medical devices, may buy defibrillator maker Guidant Corp. for $24 billion, people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Shares of Guidant jumped 5.2% and Johnson & Johnson fell 2.3% after the New York Times reported the companies were in talks, citing unnamed company executives. The two haven't agreed whether a purchase of Guidant, the No. 2 maker of implantable defibrillators, would be with cash, stock or a combination, said the people, who declined to be named.
October 22, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Brea Police Department received a $77,000 donation Thursday to equip all of its cars with portable defibrillators that can save victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The gift -- from NBA star Karl Malone; his agent, Dwight Manley; Mercury Insurance Group; and professional drag racer John Force -- helped the department buy about 50 of the Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs. "As a direct result of their generosity, lives will be saved," Brea Police Chief Michael Messina said.
September 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday that consumers can buy devices to jump-start failing hearts at home without a prescription. About 80% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home. Before the agency's decision, consumers who wanted a HeartStart home defibrillator to use in those crucial minutes before an ambulance arrived needed a doctor's prescription.
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