, April 21, 2010

A landmark case brought to light by two Minneapolis cardiologists changed the way the medical device industry deals with the safety of heart implants. Now the doctors, five years later, are raising a fundamental question about medical safety and the law: who should be held accountable when a company sells a flawed product that can injure or kill patients? Is it the company or the people who run it? The legal case that grew from the doctors' revelations involves heart defibrillators once made by the Guidant Corporation, which is now part of Boston Scientific, the New York Times reports.

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