STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices
Claims in St. Jude Cardiac Defibrillator Action Expressly Preempted, Fla. Federal Judge Rules
March 29, 2016
MIAMI — A Florida federal judge has dismissed with prejudice state law claims asserted against St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cardiac defibrillator case, ruling that they are preempted because they are not based on state requirements that are parallel to federal regulations.
On March 25, Judge Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida found the claims challenge the safety and effectiveness of the device, rather than device-specific premarket violations.
According to the complaint, Adrienne Ward was outfitted with a St. Jude implantable cardioverter defibrillator with “leads” — thin insulated wires that connect ...
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