Patients who received refurbished pacemakers donated from Detroit area funeral homes survived without complications from the devices, according to a case series reported by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.It seems a clinical trial might occur to test the safety of using used pacemakers here in the US:
The pacemakers were implanted in 12 patients at the University of Philippines- Philippine General Hospital who could not afford advanced cardiac care and were confined to their beds as they waited for a permanent pacemaker.
In the next phase, the U-M Cardiovascular Center will seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to embark on a large scale clinical trial to show that pacemaker reuse is safe and effective.It'll be interesting to see how the enrollment in such a trial proceeds. I suspect it might be a bit rough as long as the devices are covered by peoples' insurance.
But for those who are underinsured or uninsured...