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Class 2 Device Recall Synthes Torque Limiting Handle

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  Class 2 Device Recall Synthes Torque Limiting Handle see related information
Date Initiated by Firm May 04, 2018
Create Date May 23, 2018
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on October 21, 2019
Recall Number Z-1916-2018
Recall Event ID 80048
Product Classification Screwdriver - Product Code HXX
Product Synthes Torque Limiting Handle, Part Number 03.231.013

This device is used in systems indicated for fracture fixation.
Code Information H344006-02,  H344006-03,  H344006-04,  H344006-05,  H344006-06,  H344006-07,  H344006-08,  H344006-09,  H344006-10,  H344006-11,  H344006-12,  H344006-13,  H344006-14,  H344006-15,  H344006-16,  H344006-17,  H344006-18,  H344006-19,  H344006-20,  H344006-21,  H344006-22,  H344006-23,  H344006-24,  H344006-25,  H344006-26,  H344006-27,  H344006-28,  H344006-29,  H344006-30,  H344006-31,  H344006-32,  H344006-33,  H344006-34,  H344006-35,  H344006-36,  H344006-37,  H344006-38,  H344006-39,  H344006-40,  H344006-41,  H344006-43,  H344006-45,  H344006-46,  H344006-47,  H344006-48,  H344006-49,  H369323-03,  H369323-04
Recalling Firm/
Synthes (USA) Products LLC
1301 Goshen Pkwy
West Chester PA 19380-5986
For Additional Information Contact
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The adapter may demonstrate a degradation of function as the final products were assembled with ball bearings of high carbon content that is likely to rust prematurely.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Component design/selection
Action An Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification letters dated May 4, 2018, were distributed to customers. The letter requests that customers take the following actions: Potential Patient Impact: The subject, Torque Limiting Handle, may demonstrate a degradation of function with the adapter collar sticking, and/or not retaining the mating adapter male shaft of the driver component. In addition, the ball bearings may corrode over time causing a failure in the torque limiting feature. The following potential scenarios could occur: " Malunion/nonunion and device loosening if there is a degradation of function and too much or too little torque is applied. " Adverse tissue reaction if there is corrosion and any debris enters an open incision. " Surgical delay due to the time required to investigate and decide next steps if the instrument fails during surgery. If you have no product to be returned: " Return the Verification Section (page 3 of this letter) to DePuy Synthes by: o Fax: 866-853-1969 or o Scan/email: Synthes7370@stericycle.com NOTE: If the Verification Section is completed on behalf of more than one facility and/or individual, please clearly indicate the name and address of the facility and/or individual in page number three (3) of this notification. 3. Forward this notice to anyone in your facility that needs to be informed. 4. If any of the subject product has been forwarded to another facility, contact that facility to arrange return. 5. Keep a copy of this notice visibly posted for awareness until all product subject to this recall (removal) have been returned. While processing your returns, please maintain a copy of this notice with the product subject to this recall (removal) and keep a copy for your records. For further questions, please call (610) 719-5450.
Quantity in Commerce 50
Distribution USA (nationwide) Distribution to the states of : AK, CA, FL, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MT, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI, and WV.
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.