Guidant Pacemaker Warning and Recall

July 19 2005

Guidant pacemaker recallNews Alert: Jun-27-06 - More models of the Guidant Pacemakers have been recalled:
  • Insignia and Nexus pacemakers
  • Contak Renewal TR and TR 2 cardiac resynchronization pacemakers
  • Ventak Prizm 2, Vitality, and Vitality 2 ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators)
In July 2005, Guidant Corp. issued a worldwide recall for their heart pacemakers, warning patients and doctors that their pacemakers may need to be replaced due to possible malfunction from a faulty sealing component. Nine models that were made between 1997 and 2000 have been recalled. The models concerned are:
  • PULSAR® MAX Models 1170, 1171, 1270
  • PULSAR Models 0470, 0870, 0970, 0972, 1172, 1272
  • DISCOVERY® Models 1174, 1175, 1273, 1274, 1275
  • MERIDIAN® Models 0476, 0976, 1176, 1276
  • PULSAR MAX II Models 1180, 1181, 1280
  • DISCOVERY II Models 0481, 0981, 1184, 1186, 1187, 1283, 1284, 1285, 1286
  • CONTAK TR® Model 1241
  • VIRTUS PLUS® II* Models 1380, 1480
  • INTELIS II Models 1483, 1484, 1485, 1384, 1385, 1349, 1499
The recall was prompted after 69 recent reports of pacemaker failures involving consumers losing consciousness due to a halt in pacing or their pacemakers increasing to a rapid pace. This malfunction may cause moisture to leak into the device and affect the electronic controls. While the FDA was evaluating consumer reports, Guidant issued a voluntary Class I recall and offered to replace the pacemakers at no charge.

According to the American Heart Association, 197,000 pacemaker procedures are performed on U.S. patients each year. These pacemakers are designed to steady the heartbeat in case of failure. Between 1990 and 2002, 2.25 million pacemakers were implanted, 8,834 of which had to be removed when they malfunctioned.

Currently, Guidant faces approximately 100 lawsuits related to its defibrillator and pacemaker products. Guidant has also recalled thousands of defective implanted defibrillators.

Guidant is pending acquisition by Boston Scientific for $27 million.

Guidant Pacemaker Articles

Guidant Pacemaker and Defibrillator Recalls: $195 Million Settlement to be Paid
Boston Scientific Corp. announced July 13 that it has agreed to pay $195 million to settle about 4,000 claims associated with defective Guidant pacemakers and defibrillators manufactured by the company it acquired last year, Guidant Corp. Since June, 2005, Guidant has issued safety warnings or recalled more than 88,000 defibrillators and about 200,000 pacemakers.

Guidant Pacemakers: Taking Lawsuits and Recalls to Heart
They've been anything but: a good guide, that is. So much so, that the company that purchased the Guidant Pacemaker franchise has changed the name of the device effective this year.

Guidant faces Pacemaker Lawsuits: Thousands of Pacemakers could be Defective
Doctors nor Warned about Guidant Defibrillators Defect
Attorney Predicts Five Thousand Lawsuits against Guidant
Boston Scientific Won Guidant - What a Prize

Guidant Pacemaker In the News

JUN-06-07: A class-action lawsuit was filed in Canada against Guidant in the spring of 2005 after the company recalled implantable defibrillators and pacemakers. Canadian firms are seeking around $500 million in damages. [TELEGRAM: GUIDANT]

MAY-29-07: A man has filed a lawsuit against Guidant claiming his implanted pacemaker made him dizzy, nauseous, and caused a rapid heartbeat and chest pain. The device was removed after a product recall in 2006. [RECORD: GUIDANT PACEMAKER]

NOV-19-06: Pacemaker fails 14 month old with no warning, resulting in her death. Lawsuit claims Guidant knew about defects in the design. [SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: GUIDANT PACEMAKER]

OCT-25-06: Court orders Guidant to unseal judicial records from a case involving the pricing of its products. [CONSUMER AFFAIRS: GUIDANT PACEMAKER]

OCT-03-06: Cases against Guidant mount as failures in their defibrillators and pacemakers increase. [WV RECORD: GUIDANT]

JUL-26-06: When pacemakers are recalled, what do doctors do? Replace them or monitor them? [MEDPAGE: GUIDANT PACEMAKERS]

JUL-18-06: Nearly 23,000 Guidant Pacemakers and Defibrillators recalled due to an electrical flaw. [WTOL11: GUIDANT]

JUL-11-06: The FDA released an updated statement supporting Guidant and Boston Scientific's recommendation that physicians should conduct follow-up exams of patients. [FDA: GUIDANT]

JUN-27-06: Boston Scientific recalls more models of the Guidant pacemakers when further device failures were reported. [WEB MD: GUIDANT PACEMAKER]

Register your Guidant Pacemaker Complaint

If you or a loved one has a defective Guidant Pacemaker implant, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in the form to the right to submit your complaint to a lawyer.
Last updated January 22 2008