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Class 2 Device Recall Synthes TomoFix Plates

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  Class 2 Device Recall Synthes TomoFix Plates see related information
Date Initiated by Firm October 09, 2013
Date Posted December 10, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on December 18, 2015
Recall Number Z-0473-2014
Recall Event ID 66582
510(K)Number K023941  
Product Classification Appliance, fixation, nail/blade/plate combination, multiple component - Product Code KTT
Product Synthes TomoFix Plates

The Synthes J5606-C TomoFix Osteotomy System is used for open and closed wedge osteotomies of the medial proximal tibia, lateral proximal tibia, medial and lateral distal femur, treatment of bone and joint deformities, fractures, and malalignment caused by injury or disease such as osteoarthritis.
Code Information J5606-C
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
A labeling correction was initiated related to the Surgical Technique Guide J5606-C "TomoFix Osteotomy System" due to the potential for a surgical delay if the surgeon inserts the superior screws at a lesser angle (4 or 6 degrees) and is not aware that those angles are not present.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Labeling False and Misleading
Action Synthes sent an Urgent Field Safety Notification/Medical Device Labeling Correction letter dated October 9, 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 exchange the old surgical technique guide version J5606-C with the new version J5606-D provided with this notification. Review the revised surgical technique guide (Pages 25 & 26). Forward this Field Safety Notification to anyone in their facility that need to be informed. If the surgical technique guide has been forwarded to another facility, contact that facility. Maintain awareness of this notice until all surgical technique guides have been exchanged. Maintain a copy of this notice. Customers with questions were instructed to contact their Synthes Sales Consultant. For questions regarding this recall call 610-719-5000.
Quantity in Commerce 2912
Distribution Worldwide Distribution - USA (nationwide) Canada and Mexico
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.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = KTT and Original Applicant = SYNTHES (USA)