Recalls of defective medical devices increase dramatically

The number of medical device recalls for defects rose by almost 100% from 2003 to 2012, while Class I recalls, in which products carry a reasonable mortality risk, increased to 57 from seven over the same period, according to an FDA report. Many recalls were issued too late to be easily rectified, such as one for Medtronic's Sprint Fidelis defibrillator wires, which were already in place inside many patients by the time they were recalled. The company said it instituted a system wherein physicians' offices monitor patients remotely to give an early warning if devices might fail.

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