Austin, TX (PressExposure) April 12, 2008 -- California: The FDA has advised patients who are implanted with this recalled Medtronic defibrillator lead or do not know the model of their lead, to contact their physicians for further information. Affected patients can submit inquiries about Medtronic lawsuits and Medtronic class action claims for compensation to Medtronic Recall lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm's website or by calling toll free 1-866-374-0338. The law firm represents patients and their families in cases where defective medical devices or defective pharmaceutical drugs have caused serious injuries or death.
Recently five deaths have been reported and many people are reporting repeated electrical shocks due to their defibrillator lead having fractured. Patients who have had the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead implemented since Sept 2004 are affected by the recall.
The defibrillator leads are electrical wires that connect the hearts of patients to the defibrillators implanted in their chests. The fractures in the leads may cause in appropriate shocks or result in a loss of therapy, which can lead to death. Therefore, Medtronic has suspended distribution of its Sprint Fidelis defibrillation leads.
"As a result of Medtronic's action, no more Sprint Fidelis leads will be sold or manufactured and any remaining product should be pulled from inventory and returned to the company", according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients who have experienced multiple shocks, lightheadedness etc. should verify their patient ID cards to determine if they have a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead that contains one of the following 4 sets of numbers: 6930,6931,6948,6949 and should contact their physician for further information.
The Medtronic recall lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm are representing patients with these Medtronic defibrillator leads from across the United States. The claim evaluation is free but all claims have strict time limitation.