St. Jude pulls defibrillator leads

December 16, 2010 by MassDevice staff

St. Jude Medical Inc. phases out its Riata and Riata ST leads for its defibrillators over malfunction concerns.

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St. Jude Medical Inc. (NYSE:STJ) is removing certain defibrillator leads from the market over concerns that their electrical insulation could cause the devices to malfunction.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based medical device maker sent a letter to doctors yesterday saying that a newer version of leads, which have a different coating, already represent 97 percent of the market, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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