Posted on Nov 17, 2010

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has issued over 65 recalls of defibrillators since 2005.  These recalls have involved hundreds of thousands of the devices.  Meant to deliver electrical energy to the heart to restore its normal rhythm, the faulty devices have malfunctioned during rescue attempts.  This has been reported to cause both patient harm and death.

The FDA has released the following statement concerning the use of defibrillators in Wisconsin and nationwide. 

"While the FDA continues to advocate use of these important life-saving devices and is not recommending any change to current clinical practices, we believe the devices can be improved in ways that materially improve patient safety."

The FDA is conducting a large scale review of any medical device that is thought to have systemic problems.  This includes IVF filters and infusion pumps.

During their review the FDA has identified several industry practices that have contributed to the significant safety risk.


If you have been harmed or a loved one lost their life after a defective defibrillator was used in an attempted rescue, you have the right to be heard and possibly compensated.  Please contact your Milwaukee, Wis. pharmaceutical class action attorney at Hupy & Abraham for your free consultation.  Though one voice, against industry giants, may not have an impact, together we will be heard.