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Medtronic, the manufacturer of the Sprint Fidelis cardiac defibrillator a.k.a. pacemaker, knew that its medical device had problems with fractured lead wires last winter, according to consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. These defects were reported to the government last winter. According to Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the FDA had received 599 reports of defibrillator malfunctions as of January 10, 2007. Wolfe of Public Citizen asks a good question when he queries the FDA as to why it took so long to pull the plug on such a dangerously defective product as the Sprint Fidelis.

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