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Class 2 Device Recall Biomet Black Mamba Suture Passer

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  Class 2 Device Recall Biomet Black Mamba Suture Passer see related information
Date Initiated by Firm December 02, 2015
Create Date December 23, 2015
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on October 27, 2016
Recall Number Z-0471-2016
Recall Event ID 72829
Product Classification Passer - Product Code HWQ
Product Black Mamba Suture Passer
Code Information Catalog Number: 110010849 Lot Number Identification: 167880, 169620, 253190, 520810, 538490, 551550, 716270, 960180
Recalling Firm/
Biomet, Inc.
56 E Bell Dr
Warsaw IN 46582-6989
For Additional Information Contact Audrey Daenzer
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
There may be a separation and an insufficient weld between the spring and washer. The weld between the spring and washer may fracture, causing the Mamba Suture Passer instruments jaw to not actuate properly. 6 complaints have been received in which 3 have been reported with a delay up to 10 minutes.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Nonconforming Material/Component
Action On 12/2/2015, URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL NOTICE notifications were sent to the affected distributors and hospital risk managers via courier with instructions to locate and return the affected products. The recall notification included a description of the reason for the recall, affected product, consignee responsibilities, and instructions for responding to the formal recall notification. Questions related to this notice should be directed to (574) 372-1570, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quantity in Commerce 50
Distribution FL, NJ, WI, UT, TX, KY, KS, OH, GA, LA, AL, NY, NC, AR, MO, VA, CA, MN, IN, HI
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.