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Class 2 Device Recall INSIGNIA AVT and NEXUS AVT

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  Class 2 Device Recall INSIGNIA AVT and NEXUS AVT see related information
Date Initiated by Firm September 22, 2005
Date Posted September 24, 2005
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on December 27, 2006
Recall Number Z-0190-06
Recall Event ID 33491
Product Classification Implantable Pacemaker Pulse-Generator - Product Code DXY
Product Guidant INSIGNIA I AVT family of pacemakers includes the following: SSI (model 482), VDD (model 882), DDD (model 982), SR (model 1192 and DR (model 1292). Intermedics NEXUS I AVT family of pacemakers includes the following: SR (model 1392). The INSIGNIA I AVT pacemakers are multiprogrammable pacemakers from Guidant. The NEXUS I AVT pacemakers are multiprogrammable pacemakers from Intermedics. The family consists of both dual-chamber and single-chamber models, offering adaptive-rate therapy and providing various levels of therapeutic and diagnostic functionality. These pacemakers include ventricular Automatic Capture which automatically measures the ventricular pacing threshold and adjusts the pacing output to 0.5 V above the measured threshold. The INSIGNIA and NEXUS I Plus adaptive-rate models have an accelerometer, which is a motion sensor that responds to patient activity.
Sterilized with gaseous ethylene oxide. Guidant Corporation, Cardiac Rhythm Management, 4100 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55112-5798 USA. or Intermedics, Inc., 4100 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55112-5798 USA.
Code Information INSIGNIA AVT SSI (model 482) serial no. 100005 - 100324; INSIGNIA AVT VDD (model 882) serial no. 100006 - 100410; INSIGNIA DDD (model 982) serial no. 100007 - 100473; INSIGNIA AVT SR (model 1192) serial no. 100008 - 100473; NEXUS AVT SR (model 1392) serial no. 100016 and 100020; INSIGNIA AVT DR (model 1292) serial no. 100007 - 100798.
Recalling Firm/
Guidant Corporation
4100 Hamline Ave N
Saint Paul MN 55112-5798
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
A failure mode occurring at a low rate, has been identified within the INSIGNIA and NEXUS families of implantable pacemakers. Device behaviors which may be observed include: Intermittent or permanent loss of pacing output without warning, intermittent or permanent loss of telemetry and appearance of a reset warning message upon interrogation.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Action Important Medical Device Safety Information & Corrective Action , dated 09/22/05 was sent to all affected physicians. This letter explained the failure mode, what devices are affected and gave recommendations. A press release was issued on 09/22/05.
Quantity in Commerce 1784
Distribution Nationwide and Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Polynesia, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Venezuela
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.