Quebec board denied list of patients with cardiac devicesBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1314 (Published 15 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1314
- David Spurgeon
The Quebec Health Insurance Board has been denied access by the province’s superior court and a US medical device maker to a list of cardiac patients fitted with heart valves and annuloplasty rings that are the subject of class action lawsuits in Canada, the United States, and Europe (www.cbc.ca/health, 9 Aug, “Legal bid to release list of Quebec heart patients with questionable valves rejected”).
The device manufacturer, St Jude Medical, based in St Paul, Minnesota, issued a worldwide recall of the devices in 2000 and says that it is not required to provide the patient list that the Quebec board demands. Quebec’s Superior Court judge André Roy …