November 16, 2013
In this Aug. 17, 2005 file photo, The "Rising Man" symbol stands in front of the Fridley, Minn., based Medtronic. Medtronic announced Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, that the Food and Drug Administration recall of 15,000 recalled guidewires had been classified as Class I, a category reserved for products with reasonable potential to cause serious injury or death.
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Federal health officials say that defects in some Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are severe enough that they could cause serious injury or death. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guidewires, which are inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries.
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