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  • jim.metals jim.metals Oct 13, 2011 12:26 PM Flag

    riata and durata failures

    I work within the industry in a clinical capacity and find it hard to believe that St. Jude has not given any guidance on how to managed the patients. They put out a "Dear Doctor" letter almost a year ago, which they never delivered to the medical community rather they posted it online. This is not only a Riata problem, it is happening in Durata too. No doubt in my mind that they would have called a field action if they had another lead to market. This is truly a business ethics case that they will lose and will cost them DEARLY. We have stopped implanting all STJ leads.

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    • What failure modes is your facility seeing and how are they being detected?

      Is your facility proactively screening patients for lead damage with flouro?

      If a damaged lead is detected, is it being capped or explanted?

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      • We are seeing inside-out abrasion. It is a dangerous finding because many times the lead is electrically in tact so you would not find it unless you screened. It is unknown if the patent would actually be able to receive a shock should they need one. We are screening on battery changes as we do not have the man power to bring in all of our patients at this point. Would be great to get some guidance from STJ .....for the patients sake......

    • On the contraary, the North part of the PA has grown and increased by 30% this quarter just by the sales of the pacemaker device. I have a feeling that you are a poster from the competitor that trying to inject negative fact to try to bring down the share price. While you said that you have stopped using STJ leads, many new clinics have signed and given more business this quarter.

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