Violation Tracker Individual Record

Guidant LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Boston Scientific Corp.
January 12, 2011
Offense Group: 
safety-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
drug or medical equipment safety violation
Violation Description: 

Guidant LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boston Scientific Corporation, was formally convicted and sentenced in St. Paul, Minn., before U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank for criminal violations relating to its interactions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Judge Frank sentenced Guidant to pay more than $296 million in criminal fines and forfeiture and also to submit to the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years. The Justice Department brought criminal charges against Guidant for its mishandling of short-circuiting failures of three models of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators: the Ventak Prizm 2 DR (Model 1861) and the Contak Renewal (Models H135 and H155). Guidant's Cardiac Rhythm Management division, which produced the defibrillators, is headquartered in Arden Hills, Minn. The company pleaded guilty to the charges the previous April.

Level of Government: 
Action Type: 
agency action
Food and Drug Administration referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
HQ Country of Parent: 
HQ State of Parent: 
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
medical equipment and supplies
Specific Industry of Parent: 
medical devices
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