June 14, 2003 |
Some of the largest U.S. health insurers said they would pay for an expensive pacemaker-like device despite Medicare's refusal to cover it for all the patients who might benefit from it. The $25,000 stopwatch-sized device, the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, can restart a stopped heart or shock a failing heart back into rhythm. Only the sickest one-third of patients who device makers say can benefit from defibrillators won coverage last week from the U.S.
October 1, 1991
Siemens-Pacesetter, a Sylmar-based heart pacemaker company, said it plans to appeal a decision by a federal court in Illinois that it has infringed on a patent held by its chief competitor, Medtronic Inc. of Minneapolis. The court found last week that Siemens-Pacesetter, a unit of German electronics concern Siemens AG, had infringed on a Medtronic patent for a technology that uses signals from the body to control the rate of pacesetters.
July 14, 2007 |
Boston Scientific Corp. said it had agreed to pay $195 million to settle about 4,000 claims involving heart defibrillators and pacemakers made by Guidant Corp., which it acquired last year. The company said in a statement that the agreement was reached during mediation sessions with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan in Minneapolis. The claims were consolidated in federal court in Minneapolis, with the first trial due to start July 30.
September 8, 1991 |
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was "resting comfortably and in good spirits" Saturday after surgery to implant a pacemaker, a spokesman for the National Naval Medical Center said. "The pacemaker is functioning as expected," hospital spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Clyde said in a written statement announcing the surgery. The device was implanted Friday afternoon "to treat an abnormally slow heart rate," Clyde said.
July 2, 2001 |
Vice President Dick Cheney prepared to return to work today after spending Sunday recovering from the implantation of a sophisticated pacemaker to monitor and regulate his heart rhythms. Cheney, 60, spent a quiet Sunday at the vice presidential residence, doing paperwork and reading, his aides said. Doctors implanted a combination pacemaker and defibrillator in Cheney's chest Saturday during an hourlong procedure at George Washington University Medical Center.
November 30, 2005 |
Medtronic Inc., the world's biggest maker of electronic heart devices, said it was notifying doctors about a potential defect in certain Sigma series pacemakers after some patients said they felt dizzy or fainted. No deaths or injuries were reported, a spokesman for Minneapolis-based Medtronic said. About 28,000 pacemakers, including 6,650 in the U.S., are covered by the advisory.
February 16, 1993 |
In the pacemaker business, there are two main providers to the U.S. market: industry leader Medtronic Inc. in Minneapolis, followed by Siemens Pacesetter Inc. in Sylmar. Together, they supply roughly 70% of the conventional pacemakers that bolster otherwise slow heartbeats. Now Medtronic is getting lots of attention for its new device that does something different--it calms fast heartbeats.
March 18, 1990 |
Skippy, a 7-year-old red kangaroo from the San Francisco Zoo that received a pacemaker during a first-of-its-kind operation earlier this month, has died. Zoo officials said the animal died Wednesday at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, where she had been transferred after the March 5 surgery. A team of cardiologists led by Dr. John Langbert of the UC San Francisco Medical School performed the operation.
September 20, 1989 |
Doctors treating Mother Teresa described her condition Tuesday as "serious but not critical," adding that the 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is likely to remain in the hospital for "a minimum of four to six weeks." The fever that posed an imminent threat to Mother Teresa's life last week has finally gone, the doctors said, but her heart remains erratic and the internationally acclaimed Roman Catholic nun continues to have chest pains. "It's an old heart," declared Dr.