US pacemaker manufacturer faces British lawsuit

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:466
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    St Jude Medical, a major manufacturer of heart valves and pacemakers, is to face a lawsuit in Britain over its Silzone heart valves, which were discontinued after a recall in January 2000.

    The Minnesota based company, which is already the target of class action lawsuits over Silzone in the United States and Canada, is to be sued in London's High Court by Billy McCombe of Northern Ireland. Mr McCombe's wife, Myrtle, died in July 1998, aged 44, 10 weeks after receiving a Silzone mitral valve implant.

    The Silzone valve is a variant of the standard St Jude valve, with a …

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