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US sues Boston Scientific over Guidant devices

US sues Boston Scientific over Guidant devices

Federal prosecutors have filed a lawsuit alleging Boston Scientific's Guidant unit continued to sell some heart devices it knew were defective.
The government filed its complaint Thursday in Minnesota. It says Guidant knew as early as April 2002 that one of its implantable heart devices might not deliver a life-saving jolt when needed. A similar problem was found in another model in 2003.
The complaint says Guidant fixed the problems, but continued to sell the defective devices it had in stock.
Guidant spokesman Paul Donovan says the company will respond to the allegations appropriately.
Guidant has pleaded guilty to misleading the Food and Drug Administration about problems with the devices, and last month was ordered to pay $296 million in fines and fees.
Boston Scientific acquired Guidant in 2006.


Updated : 2021-07-31 23:44 GMT+08:00