St. Jude Pacemaker Battery Failure Lawsuits
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Implantable defibrillators, or pacemakers, help regulate heart rhythms using tiny wires that go into the heart. Certain pacemakers made by St. Jude Medical can short-circuit or fail, causing life-threatening complications.
The problems with St. Jude’s pacemakers lie in the batteries, which use lithium for power. The lithium can cluster, causing irregular electrical connections that drain the battery. The batteries drain so quickly that patients aren’t able to get into their doctor on time.
If a pacemaker battery runs out, it’s unable to deliver life-saving shocks when the heart beats irregularly. This can lead to death, loss of consciousness, and dangerous emergency surgeries.
Hundreds of thousands of patients with St. Jude pacemakers are affected by this defect, but there’s no way of knowing how many will run out of battery early. Patients who are wholly reliant on pacemakers, and who have a high likelihood of needing life-saving shocks, should speak to their doctors immediately.
Defective St. Jude pacemakers include:
- Fortify Asaura
- Quadra Assura
- Unify Assura
- Unify Quandra
Here’s what patients with these devices should do:
- Use the at-home monitoring system for your device, called Merlin@Home. Speak to your doctor about remote monitoring if you haven’t already.
- Be aware of low battery life alerts. Your pacemaker sends a vibrating signal when it’s almost out of battery. If you experience an alert, call your doctor immediately.
- Ask questions. Your doctor will tell you the best course of action for your unique condition. If you doubt their advice, seek a second opinion.
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Other St. Jude Recalls & Lawsuits
This isn’t the first time St. Jude’s pacemakers have malfunctioned and injured patients. In 2010, the company permanently took its Riata pacemakers off market because of faulty wiring, which caused numerous patient deaths.
Riata pacemaker wires wore off faster than expected, leaving exposed wires in patient’s hearts. Nearly 1,000 American patients sued St. Jude, winning a collective $64 million in settlements.
Then, in 2012, the company recalled its Eon and Eon Mini devices because of battery failure. Eon systems are implanted in patients to help manage back and leg pain.
Just like the pacemakers, Eon’s batteries suddenly lost the ability to recharge and stopped providing pain relief. Patients were forced to undergo repeated surgeries and weeks of chronic pain due to the defect.
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