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FDA says iPhone 12 MagSafe risk to pacemakers is low

Added 05-14-21 01:11:02pm EST - “An investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration into devices such as MagSafe and the iPhone 12, has concluded that the risk to patients with pacemakers is low, but advises caution.” - Appleinsider.com

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An investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration into devices such as MagSafe and the iPhone 12, has concluded that the risk to patients with pacemakers is low, but advises caution.

Following Apple's rewording of its iPhone 12 and MagSafe support documents to recommend careful use of the devices near pacemakers, the FDA has issued its own guidance. The FDA has conducted its own testing and says that although care is needed, the risk of problems is slight.

"We believe the risk to patients is low and the agency is not aware of any adverse events associated with this issue at this time," says Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement.

"However, the number of consumer electronics with strong magnets is expected to increase over time," he continued. "Therefore, we recommend people with implanted medical devices talk with their health care provider to ensure they understand this potential risk and the proper techniques for safe use."

Potential issues with magnets in devices such as Apple's, were first raised in the Heart Rhythm Society's journal in January 2021. Apple had advised users to consult medical practitioners if they were unsure about the magnets interfering, but it then updated that to give more detailed guidance.

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