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Class 2 Device Recall HeartMate II System Controller; component of the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Device System (LVAS)

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  Class 2 Device Recall HeartMate II System Controller; component of the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Device System (LVAS) see related information
Date Initiated by Firm September 01, 2010
Date Posting Updated October 13, 2010
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on April 07, 2011
Recall Number Z-0058-2011
Recall Event ID 56694
PMA Number P060040 
Product Classification ventricular (assisst) bypass - Product Code DSQ
Product HeartMate II System Controller, a component of the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Device System (LVAS), distributed both as stand alone devices and as components of the LVAS Implant kit. Manufactured/Distributed by Thoratec Corporation, Pleasanton, CA

The HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) consists of an implantable blood pump connected to an eternal system controller by a percutaneous lead. The external controller is powered bye either batteries or a power supply that connects to AC Main power. The device is intended for use as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates at risk of imminent death from non-reversible left ventricular failure. It is also for use in patients with New York Heart Association class IIIB or IV end-stage left ventricular
Code Information All serial numbers starting with EPC prefix
Recalling Firm/
Thoratec Corp
6035 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton CA 94588
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Connection failure-- product may malfunction because of bent pins or broken wires in power cord connection
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action Thoratec Corporation sent an "URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE CORRECTION" letter dated August 30, 2010, to all customers. The letter described the affected product, description and symptoms of problem, and immediate action to be taken by the customers. The customers were instructed to: 1) contact all ongoing patients using the affected Systems Controllers (serial numbers starting with "EPC") to determine if they are experiencing any unexplained intermittent alarms or have any bent pins in the connectors between the System Controller and the power sources, if so, have them return to the hospital so that their power leads can be examined. If further assistance is needed with the evaluation, please contact Thoratec Technical Service (800-456-1477). 2) review the attached addendum to the HeartMate II labeling with all VAD clinicians and ongoing HeartMate II LVAS patients, and 3) complete and sign the attached Acknowledgment Form via fax to Thoratec Regulatory Affairs at (952) 847-8571. If you have any questions, please contact 925-847-8600.
Quantity in Commerce 8965 units
Distribution Worldwide distribution: USA including states of AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX , UT, VA, WA, and WI; and countries including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.
PMA Database PMAs with Product Code = DSQ and Original Applicant = THORATEC CORP.