On June 17, 2005, Guidant Corporation announced they would be recalling almost 50,000 heart defibrillator devices including the following models:
- Ventak Prizm 2 DR
- Contak Renewal 1 and 2
- Ventak Prizm AVT
- Vitality AVT
- Renewal 3 and 4 AVT
Prior to this announcement, in April 2005, Guidant had informed physicians that an electrical flaw had been discovered in the Ventak Prizm 2 model, which had led to a number of medical device failures. The failure was specific to short-circuits which rendered the defibrillators useless.
While the Indianapolis-based Guidant Corporation has offered to replace more than 28,000 of these defective heart defibrillators, the liability and risk for those patients who have received these defibrillators is very high.
The Food and Drug Administration fully supports this voluntary recall but urges all patients who have received one of the recalled heart defibrillators to contact their physician immediately.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of one of these defective defibrillators, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We can evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid defective product claim.