Since I am typing again. Like I said in a different thread (Most physicians do not like to implant a lead made by one company and attach it to a can made by another). Many times this is because it puts to competeing reps in the same implant case at the same time. Not a scenario that most physicians like to deal with.
I disagree with your point that it is all about the can. If the tachy lead fails then the device can not pace it can not shock. It can not provide reliable diagnostic information. I think the tachy lead is the most important single component of any ICD system or Biv system.
Agreed, STJ will suffer dearly for their defective products. Doctors have already stopped using STJ because of their Riata problem, and as already seen in STJ's last earnings, they are loosing big time in CRM, as BSX continues to take market share away from STJ. After Medtronic had their crap Fidelis recalled a few years ago, BSX managed to take away most of MDT's market share. Since MDT and STJ are both out of the picture in the CRM space now, only BSX with their bulletproof, 100% reliable, infallible devices are left for the doctors and patients. Basically BSX is left with a monopoly in CRM