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Supreme Court Ruling Boosts Medical Tech

Decision restricts suits under state law over devices OK'd by feds

(Newser) - A Supreme Court ruling today makes it nearly impossible for patients and their families to sue makers of federally approved medical devices under state law. The court ruled 8-1 in favor of cardiovascular device company Medtronic, dismissing a suit brought by a patient injured after one of the company's balloon... More »

Medtronic Pulls Defibrillator Wires After 5 Deaths

Defective wires may have led to five deaths

(Newser) - Medtronic is halting sales of a wire that connects defibrillators implanted in the chests of cardiac patients to their hearts. The wires have been shown to fracture and deliver an accidental jolt  to the heart, which can be uncomfortable and may have played a role in five deaths. An estimated... More »

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