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Class 2 Device Recall Activa PC and Activa RC

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 Class 2 Recall
Activa PC and Activa RC
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Date Posted October 31, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated on November 20, 2015
Recall Number Z-0125-2014
Recall Event ID 66473
Premarket Approval
PMA Number
Product Classification Stimulator, Spinal-Cord, Totally Implanted For Pain Relief - Product Code LGW
Product Medtronic Activa PC, model 37601, and Activa RC, model 37612, Multi-program Rechargeable Neurostimulator for Deep Brain Stimulation. Medtronic Activa RC and Activa PC Deep Brain Stimulators are indicated for Therapy for Parkinson's Disease - Bilateral stimulation of the internal globus pallidus (GPi) or the subthalamic nucleus (STN). Indicated for adjunctive therapy in reducing some of the symptoms of advanced, levodopa-responsive Parkinson's disease that are not adequately controlled with medication. Activa PC Deep Brain Stimulator is indicated for Therapy for Dystonia. Unilateral or bilateral stimulation of the internal globus pallidus (GPi) or the subthalamic nucleus (STN). Indicated as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalized and segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), for individuals 7 years of age and older. Activa PC Deep Brain Stimulator is indicated for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Bilateral stimulation of the anterior limb of the internal capsule, AIC, as an adjunct to medications and as an alternative to anterior capsulotomy for treatment of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adult patients who have failed at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Code Information all serial numbers
Recalling Firm/
Medtronic Neuromodulation
7000 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55432-3568
For Additional Information Contact Technical Services
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Medtronic notified customers regarding over stimulation or stimulation in the wrong area related to select Medtronic neurostimulators. Upon a specific set of conditions, typically related to device recovery from an over discharge, there is a potential for over stimulation or stimulation directed to a lead electrode other than what was intended.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
DESIGN: Software Design
Action The firm, Medtronic, sent an "Urgent: Medical Device Correction" letter dated September 2013 entitled "Loss of Stimulation and Over Stimulation" to customers associated with the affected Medtronic neurostimulators. This letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. The letter informed customers of the potential for these issues to occur and provided recommendations to significantly reduce the likelihood of the issues. The customers were instructed to avoid over discharge; if a rechargeable device becomes over discharged, contact Medtronic Patient Services at (1-800-510-6735) to resolve the POR and reduce the likelihood of over stimulation. If you have questions, please contact Medtronic Neurostimulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933 weekdays 7am-6pm CST.
Quantity in Commerce 38,294
Distribution Worldwide distribution: US (Nationwide) including Puerto Rico and countries of: Algeria, Aruba, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
PMA Database PMAs with Product Code = LGW and Applicant = MEDTRONIC INC.