Company Fined $296 Million for Defective Medical Product ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Friday, January 14, 2011

Company Fined $296 Million for Defective Medical Product

A U.S. District Court Judge formally convicted and sentenced the company, Guidant LLC for criminal violations relating defective products due to its mishandling of short-circuiting failures of three models of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators: the Ventak Prizm 2 DR and the Contak Renewal. Judge Donovan Frank sentenced Guidant for withholding information from the FDA regarding catastrophic failures in some of its lifesaving devices. Guidant made decisions at various junctures to conceal information from the FDA and medical professionals regarding the device failures. In June 2005, the company finally went public about the problem with information it had known for 10 months, and then only after three deaths had occurred. Judge Frank sentenced Guidant to pay more than $296 million in criminal fines and forfeiture and also to submit to the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

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