May 12, 2017
By Jane Brown
A Canada-wide class-action lawsuit has been launched against the manufacturers of implantable defibrillators that can fail with little or no warning because of potentially defective batteries.
Some 8000 Canadians received the defibrillators with the brand names Fortify, Fortify Assura, Fortify Assura MP, Unify, Unify Assura, or Unify Quadra manufactured between January 2010 and May 23rd, 2015.
U.S.-based manufacturer St. Jude Medical and subsidiary St. Jude Medical Canada are named as defendants in the multimillion-dollar suit filed by two Toronto law firms.
Both Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings about the St. Jude devices after some of the devices’ batteries developed a lithium cluster formation, causing them to short-circuit and their power to rapidly deplete.
The allegations in the lawsuit have not yet been tested in court.