Friday, 21 May 2010 18:27

Guidant Defibrillators

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

In July 2005, the FDA announced the recall of implantable defibrillators and pacemakers manufactured by Guidant Corporation. These devices are implanted surgically in people who have a type of heart disease that creates the risk of a life-threatening heart arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm). Some of the risks associated with the defibrillators are deterioration of the wires and its inability to deliver therapy. One of the risks associated with pacemakers is that a sealing component used in the devices may experience a gradual degradation, resulting in a higher than normal moisture content with the pacemaker case.

If you have defibrillator manufactured by Guidant, please contact us at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 18:22

Darvon/Darvocet/Propoxyphene

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

In 2009, an outside advisory panel to the FDA recommended that Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. Their review indicated that the potential side effects outweighed any benefits of these drugs. More specifically, they found that Darvon and Darvocet can cause serious and potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of the panel, and both Darvon and Darvocet remained on the market.

In 2010, after electrocardiography data from a clinical study revealed QT interval abnormalities occurred in healthy individuals taking the prescribed dosage of the drug, the FDA removed Darvon and Darvocet from the market.

The QT interval is defined as the measure of time between the start of the Q wave and the end of the T wave in the heart’s electrical cycle.

If you have suffered fatal heart rhythm abnormalities after taking one of these drugs, please contact us at ggreen@gGreen.com.