Judge Rules St. Jude Riata Cases Can Move Forward
U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna has paved the way for St. Jude Riata defibrillator cases to move forward when he denied a motion to dismiss filed by the defendant. The manufacturer argued that they should be shielded from liability based on the theory of federal preemption. Additionally, Judge Selna also rejected the claim that plaintiffs were not able to show a link between the defective St. Jude Riata defibrillator leads and the sustained injuries.
The devices in question, the St. Jude Riata and Riata ST ICD leads, have already been removed from the market due to concerns that the insulation around the leads might fail. The leads were small wires that connected to an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). If the leads (or insulation around them) failed, they could unnecessarily shock the heart or could fail to deliver a shock when needed. In either case, cardiac arrest could occur. The only way to prevent lead failure is through revision surgery to replace the leads.
The FDA responded to concerns from individuals who still had one of the recalled St. Jude Riata or Riata ST leads in an August 2012 memo. They recommended individuals ask for imaging exams to monitor the condition of the leads. Due to the serious nature of revision surgery, the FDA suggested replacing the leads only if they were showing signs of failure.
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