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Class 2 Device Recall Pipeline and Pipeline Flex

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  Class 2 Device Recall Pipeline and Pipeline Flex see related information
Date Initiated by Firm September 04, 2015
Date Posted October 14, 2015
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on May 18, 2017
Recall Number Z-0120-2016
Recall Event ID 72165
PMA Number P100018 
Product Classification Intracranial aneurysm flow diverter - Product Code OUT
Product -Pipeline Embolization Device
-Pipeline Flex Embolization Device

The Pipeline and Pipeline Flex Embolization Devices consist of a permanent implant combined with a guidewire based delivery system. The Pipeline and Pipeline Flex embolization device implant is a braided, multi-alloy, mesh cylinder woven from platinum/tungsten and cobalt-chromium-nickel alloy wires.

The Pipeline and Pipeline Flex Embolization Devices are indicated for the endovascular treatment of adults (22 years of age or older) with large or giant wide-necked intracranial aneurysms (IAs) in the internal carotid artery from the petrous to the superior hypophyseal segments.
Code Information Pipeline Model Number Lot Number FA-77250-16V06 9724629 FA-77350-16V10 A024276 FA-77350-16V12 A012865 FA-77350-18Vl0 A013596 FA-77350-20V12 A012039 FA-77375-14V12 A013029 FA-77375-16Vl2 A011629 FA-77375-16Vl2 A029223 FA-77375-16Vl2 A031361 FA-77375-18V10 A024213 FA-77375-20Vl2 A029315 FA-77400-14V12 A012885 FA-77425-18V12 A026942 FA-77450-14V12 A013028 FA-77475-20Vl2 A012383 FA-77500-16Vl2 A029316   Pipeline Flex Model Number Lot Number PED-400-20VO1 9977371 PED-475-20V01 A047151 PED-375-18V01 9971250 
Recalling Firm/
Micro Therapeutics Inc, Dba Ev3 Neurovascular
9775 Toledo Way
Irvine CA 92618-1811
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The firm is recalling Pipeline and Pipeline Flex Embolization Devices from U.S. since the devices were shipped with an EU version of the Instructions for Use.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Process control
Action The firm, Medtronic, sent a "Notification of Recall" letter dated 09/04/15 to its customers. The letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. The firm's letter instructed that customers return the Pipeline Embolization Devices to Medtronic for replacement with the US version of product. The firm asks customers to take the following steps: 1) Stop using this product immediately. 2) Segregate this product from other Inventory. 3) Fill out the reply form and fax to the completed form directly to Customer Service at (800) 716-6700 or email to: andrew.schramm@medtronic.com. Customer Service will issue an RGA number for the return of the affected product back to Medtronic Neurovascular. 4) Upon receipt of an RGA number, write the RGA number on the FEDEX slip and send the product back to: Medtronic Neurovascular, Attention: Product Recall, 9775 Toledo Way, Irvine, CA 92618. Prepaid and preaddressed FEDEX slips are enclosed for convenience. 5. Once they receive the returned units, product replacement units will be shipped directly to customers. The local Neurovascular representative can also be available to assist in expediting the exchange of product. For any questions contact directly at 949-680-1340.
Quantity in Commerce 23 devices
Distribution US Distributions to states of: TN, KY, VA, WI, MO, IL, UT, OR, and MD. No foreign consignees.
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 = OUT and Original Applicant = Micro Therapeutics, Inc. d/b/a ev3 NEUROVASCULAR