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  • jim.metals jim.metals Nov 17, 2011 1:04 PM Flag

    riata and durata failures

    You are not comparing apples to apples. The difference is that MDT looked out for patients and called it recall and gave clinical direction. STJ HAS NOT. Your comment about "being spurned" is immature. Grow up.... No one said anything was 100%, but if you see a trending product issue, it is their duty to first do no harm... In 8 months of data on the MAUDE FDA report their are over 1,120 failures of the lead. Please know what you are talking about before makes you look even more uneducated.....

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    • MDT did not recognize the Didelis issue until Ken Ellenbogen, his Fellows and the group from NYC reported declining R wave amplitudes. That is when they limited use in Virginia. They also watched many other implanters and MDT reps continue to market and push Fidelis as a cutting edge wire.

      The price of innovation, evolution and development is sometimes paid by our patients....

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      • mikeymdt

        THat is the saddest arguement for the continued marketing of the fidelis lead or the riata lead I think I have ever heard from an individual that should be in the know.

        To think that a physician and his fellows has a better vantage point or view point of what is going on with a giving companies product then the company itself ludacris. Either that company is not doing proper analysis or they are burying the problem. The company has the advantage of getting reports from around the world access to far more data then any giving practice and a responsibility to report properly.

        I first heard of a potential riata issue 5 years ago. Out of California a rep having to do a lot of riata replacement cases. You think St. Jude doesn't have access to this data.


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