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Class 1 Device Recall Medtronic Intrathecal Catheter

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 Class 1 Recall
Medtronic Intrathecal Catheter
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Date Posted June 24, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated on April 07, 2014
Recall Number Z-1576-2013
Recall Event ID 65342
Premarket Approval
PMA Number
Product Classification Pump, Infusion, Implanted, Programmable - Product Code LKK
Product Medtronic Intrathecal Catheter, model 8731SC. Contents: 38.1-cm spinal segment with length markings and guide wire, 66-cm pump segment, 15 T-gauge introducer needle, Transparent Strain-relief sleeves, Opaque Strain-relief sleeves, and V-wing anchors. Contents of inner package are STERILE. The implantable Medtronic Model 8731SC Intrathecal Catheter is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers parenteral drugs to the intrathecal space. The implanted infusion system components consist of a Medtronic pump and a Model 8731SC catheter. The catheter connects to the pump at the catheter port.
Code Information Product having a Use By Date prior to 25 Aug 2014
Recalling Firm/
Medtronic Neuromodulation
7000 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55432-3568
For Additional Information Contact Technical Services
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The Sutureless Connector (SC) Intrathecal Catheter connector has been redesigned to reduce the potential for occlusion at the catheter to pump interface. Medtronic is removing the unused products from the market that were manufactured with the previous design, and recommend the previous design no longer be used due to greater potential for misalignment and subsequent occlusion.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
DESIGN: Device Design
Action The firm, Medtronic, sent an "Urgent: Medical Device Removal" letter dated May 2013 to its customers. The letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. Representatives (Rep) are visiting all locations, beginning June 3, 2013, to retrieve devices with a Use By date of 2014 08 14 (August 14, 2014) or sooner. The Rep is leaving a letter with the hospitals to tell them that the Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter connector has been redesigned and that they are removing unused devices. They also do not recommend using any of the old design. An Account Specific Customer Confirmation Form will be completed by the Rep. A copy of the completed form will be left with the Hospital along with the Urgent Medical Device Removal letter. If you have questions, please contact Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933 weekdays 7am - 6pm CST.
Quantity in Commerce 115,722 total
Distribution Worldwide distribution: US (nationwide) and countries of: Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, 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 = LKK and Applicant = MEDTRONIC NEUROLOGICAL