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Class 2 Device Recall Synthes Material Mix

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  Class 2 Device Recall Synthes Material Mix see related information
Date Initiated by Firm October 15, 2013
Date Posted November 26, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on August 31, 2015
Recall Number Z-0393-2014
Recall Event ID 66551
Product Classification Orthopedic manual surgical instrument - Product Code LXH
Product Synthes Material Mix (Adjustable Cervical Distractor-Right, Matrix Distractor Rack, T-PAL Spacer Remover, Implant Inserter)

Synthes Material Mix: Adjustable Cervical Distractor-Right is used to distract spine segment. Matrix Distractor Rack is used to distract the interbody disc space. T-PAL Spacer Remover is used to remove T-PAL spacer. Implant Inserter is used to insert the ProDisc implant.
Code Information part no. 396.396 (lot nos. T989765 and T989780), part no. 03.632.087 (lotT987270), part no. 03.812.005 (lot nos. T987734, T988931, and T987623), and part no. 03.820.129 (lot no. T988206).
Recalling Firm/
Synthes USA HQ, Inc.
1302 Wrights Ln E
West Chester PA 19380-3417
For Additional Information Contact Customer Support
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
One material batch used for production of the affected parts of the Synthes Material Mix were mixed in with an incorrect material with a lower than specified hardness and corrosion resistance.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Nonconforming Material/Component
Action SYNTHES sent an Urgent Notice: Medical Device Recall letter dated October 15, 2013, to all affected customers. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were instructed to call Synthes at 1-800-479-6329 to obtain a Return Authorization Number. Complete the Verification Section at the end of the letter by checking the appropriate box indicating affected product was located. Customers were also asked to indicate the number of devices found and note the Return Authorization Number. Return the Verification Form with the product to: Credit/Returns Synthes 1101 Synthes Avenue Monument, CO 80132 Customers should also return the Verification Form if no affected product was found in their inventory. Return all documents to Synthes by fax: 888-679-4875 or Scan/email: FieldAction@synthes.com Customers with questions were instructed to call 610-719-5450 or contact their Synthes Sales Consultant. For questions regarding this recall call 610-719-5000.
Quantity in Commerce approximately 44
Distribution Worldwided Distribution: USA (nationwide) including IL, MO, TX, WA and Internationally to Canada and Switzerland.
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.