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March 12, 1990
The $3 million spent by the U.S. government to aid the Chamorro election in Nicaragua was merely a down payment, we hear. As was the amount spent to unseat Noriega in Panama. A few hundred mil for Nicaragua, a few for Panama, some for Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia. Now we know where to mail that peace dividend. HARRY SIMMONS Laguna Niguel
In mid-August, Siemens-Pacesetter Inc., a Sylmar manufacturer of heart pacemakers, got federal approval to start selling its latest pacemaker, the Synchrony. The device, which costs doctors $6,300, is the most sophisticated and expensive pacemaker Siemens-Pacesetter has yet designed. Chairman Alfred E. Mann believes that Synchrony will enable his company, the industry's No. 2 player with about 25% of the $1.
October 21, 1989 | Associated Press
Four former Cordis Corp. officials were found innocent in federal court Friday of selling defective heart pacemakers between 1983 and 1985. All have left the Miami-based company, which has since sold off its pacemaker division. Cordis itself had pleaded guilty previously and paid a $764,000 fine, along with $5 million in civil penalties, to various federal agencies.
September 20, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
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.
March 28, 1989 | From Times wire services
Cordis Corp. today pleaded guilty to charges that it sold defective heart pacemakers and corrosion-prone batteries and agreed to pay $764,000 in fines and costs. Cordis general counsel Daniel G. Hall entered the plea on the company's behalf to 12 felonies and 13 misdemeanors, including fraud and false labeling.
November 19, 1988 | From Reuters
Soviet human rights activist Andrei D. Sakharov does not need a heart pacemaker or surgery at this time, his doctor told him Friday. "Dr. Sakharov met today with Dr. Adolph M. Hatter Jr. at Massachusetts General Hospital and learned he will not need a cardiac pacemaker or surgery at this time," hospital spokesman Martin Bander said. Sakharov, 67, underwent tests at the hospital shortly after arriving two weeks ago on his first visit to the United States.
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