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Quebec board denied list of patients with cardiac devices

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1314
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    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 (, 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 …

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