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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Today's Globe: FDA woes, cardiac device failures

Rogue food exporters have had little trouble shipping suspect products into the United States because the chances of being caught by an underfunded and understaffed Food and Drug Administration are slim.

One in five devices used to shock hearts back into a normal rhythm fail to work properly after 10 years, a study found. Electrical wires that connect cardiac defibrillators to the heart were at fault, according to the research.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:22 AM
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