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Class 2 Device Recall Apical Coring Knife, HeartMate 3 LVAS Implant Kit

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  Class 2 Device Recall Apical Coring Knife, HeartMate 3 LVAS Implant Kit see related information
Date Initiated by Firm August 07, 2023
Date Posted September 29, 2023
Recall Status1 Open3, Classified
Recall Number Z-2658-2023
Recall Event ID 92951
Product Classification Ventricular (assist) bypass - Product Code DSQ
Product Heartmate 3 LVAS Implant Kit, REF: 106524US, 106524INT; Heartmate XVE & HeartMate II Apical Coring Knife, REF: 1050
Code Information REF/UDI-DI/Serial Numbers: 106524US/00813024013297/MLP-034137 to MLP-034744, MLP-035485 to MLP-035714, MLP-036330 to MLP-037708, MLP-038104 to MLP-038999, MLP-039000 to MLP-039999, MLP-040000 to MLP-040999, MLP-041000 to MLP-041621; 106524INT/00813024011712 (OUS)/MLP-032482, MLP-035542 to MLP-035667, MLP-037218 to MLP-037527, MLP-038008 to MLP-038989, MLP-039014 to MLP-039945, MLP-040009 to MLP-040896, MLP-041013 to MLP-041589; 1050/00813024010227: 135021-135025, 134241-134246, 134248, 134250, 134251, 134240, 135060, 135061, 135062, 134247, 132849-132853, 134239; Apical Coring Knife Distributed Separately Serial Number Range: 132849 to 135062
Recalling Firm/
Thoratec Corp.
6035 Stoneridge Dr
Pleasanton CA 94588-3270
For Additional Information Contact Shelley Lange
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Inability to start and/or complete the coring procedure due to inadequate sharpness of the Apical Coring Knife, provided with Left Ventricular Assist System, could result in an extended procedure or surgical time while the backup coring knife is acquired.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Process control
Action On 8/7/23 customers were notified of the recall verbally, via email, in person visits, and phone calls. 8/21/23 the Abbott sales representatives started hand delivering correction notices to customers were told the firm was reinforcing the following warning in the Instructions for Use: 1) During the implant process, a complete backup system (implant kit and external components) must be available on-site and in close proximity for use in the event of an emergency. 2) Additionally, if unusual resistance is encountered during the coring procedure, immediately stop coring and complete using the backup Apical Coring Knife. Customers were also informed that in cases were the recall issue occurred during use, the physician was able to complete the procedure by using an Apical Coring Knife from the backup LVAS implant kit or an alternate surgical tool. Distribute this notice to those who need to be aware within your institution. Firm is continuing its investigation on this matter and working diligently to resume normal supply. Direct questions to your local Abbott representative. Complete and return the acknowledgement form via email to MCSHMNotices@Abbott.com Correction notices are continuing to be distributed identifying additional affected serial numbers. The firm is continuing to work with the apical coring knife vendor to supply knives that do not present this issue. However, the supply of unaffected apical coring knives continues to be limited.
Quantity in Commerce 2,681
Distribution Worldwide - US Nationwide distribution including in the states of AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV and the countries of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia , Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
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