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Medtronic To Cover AED-Related Liability For Corporate Customers

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Medtronic will assume liability for claims related to use of its LifePak automatic external defibrillators, removing the most significant barrier to increased corporate sales of the devices, according to the firm

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