St. Jude to halt sale of two heart wires

The Little Canada-based company will stop selling its QuickSite and QuickFlex wires after nearly 40 reports of wires protruding from their insulation. St. Jude says more than 170,000 wires have been sold and no injuries have been reported.
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The Little Canada-based company will stop selling its QuickSite and QuickFlex wires after nearly 40 reports of wires protruding from their insulation. St. Jude says more than 170,000 wires have been sold and no injuries have been reported.

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