Various news organizations are reporting that Medtronic, Inc. has notified doctors that batteries in 6,300 implantable heart defibrillators could run out of power sooner than expected.

The company indicated that patient safety was not at risk because the affected devices will provide a 90-day warning before their batteries run down. The company added that there had been no reports of patient injury

The current advisory applies to Concerto and Virtuoso devices (which are implanted into the chest to help manage irregular heartbeat) manufactured in 2006. Medtronic says it intends to send warning letters to individual patients later this month.

“There is no risk of sudden loss of output and these devices will continue to deliver therapy as needed until they reach end of service. Patients do not have to do anything differently. They should keep up with their regular device check-ups,” Medtronic said in a statement, according to the Reuters news agency.

Based in suburban Minneapolis, Medtronic, Inc. is the world’s largest medical technology company.

In May 2009, approximately 21,000 Medtronic pacemakers were recalled due to a high risk of failure caused by the separation of wires in the device, in what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls a Class 1 recall (a designation reserved for dangerous or defective products that are reasonably likely to cause serious injury or death).

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from defective Medtronic pacemaker, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturer of these devices. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. for a no-obligation consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.


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