US health regulators are
warning the American public not to use certain defibrillators recalled by
Philips Healthcare because the heart-shocking devices may fail in an emergency.
Philips recalled three
models of its HeartStart devices in September 2012 due to an electrical
malfunction. The recall affects about 700 000 defibrillators sold between 2005
The defibrillators are used
by emergency responders and others to restore normal heart function in people
suffering a heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration says the electrical
problem with the devices could cause them to fail to deliver a life-saving
Customers who have received
the devices can contact Philips to receive a new replacement at 1-800-263-3342.
In March the FDA proposed
new requirements for companies that manufacture external defibrillators, which
are found everywhere from hospitals to schools to airports. The proposed rules
would require an FDA review of devices before their launch and are intended to
curb years of recalls caused by design and manufacturing flaws.
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