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Class 1 Device Recall SynchroMed II Implantable Infusion Pump

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  Class 1 Device Recall SynchroMed II Implantable Infusion Pump see related information
Date Initiated by Firm June 03, 2013
Date Posted June 25, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on May 14, 2015
Recall Number Z-1571-2013
Recall Event ID 65135
PMA Number P860004S042 
Product Classification Pump, infusion, implanted, programmable - Product Code LKK
Product Medtronic SynchroMed EL Programmable pumps, Models 8626, 8626L, 8627, 8627L, (The SynchroMed EL Pumps are supplied in 10 ml or 18 ml reservoir size.) Sterilized using ethylene oxide.

Product Usage:

The pump is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers a prescribed drug to a specific site. The drug is stored in the pump reservoir. Per a programmed prescription, the drug moves from the pump reservoir, through the pump tubing, catheter port, and catheter, to the infusion site.

The SynchroMed II Programmable Pump is indicated when patient therapy requires the chronic infusion of the following drugs or fluids: Chronic intraspinal (epidural and intrathecal) infusion of preservative-free morphine sulfate sterile solution in the treatment of chronic intractable pain, Chronic intrathecal infusion of preservative-free ziconotide sterile solution for the management of severe chronic pain, Chronic intrathecal infusion of Lioresal Intrathecal (baclofen Injection ) in the management of serve spasticity, Chronic Intravascular Infusion of Floxuridine (FUDR) or methotrexate for the treatment of primary or metastatic cancer.
Code Information all SynchroMed EL pumps
Recalling Firm/
Medtronic Neuromodulation
7000 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis MN 55432-3568
For Additional Information Contact Technical Services
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Medtronic is providing Healthcare Professionals with important safety information and patient management recommendations regarding the unintended delivery of drug during the priming bolus function for the SynchroMed implantable infusion pump. The unintended delivery of drug can contribute to patient overdose or underdose symptoms which may be clinically relevant.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action Medtronic sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction letter dated May 2013, to all affected customers. The letter described the background and nature of the issue and provided recommendations for patient management and monitoring after initiation of Intrathecal Therapy. The letter directed customers to continue to use the priming bolus precedure; to monitor all patients following start or restart of intrathecal therapy; consider priming the pump prior to implant; and educate caregivers and family members to recognize the signs and sypmtoms associated with intrathecal drug therapy complications. For questions contact your local Medtronic field representative or Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933.
Quantity in Commerce 261,109 total devices estimated implanted Worldwide
Distribution Worldwide Distribution - USA Nationwide
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 = LKK and Original Applicant = MEDTRONIC Inc.