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Class 1 Device Recall Medtronic SynchroMed EL

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  Class 1 Device Recall Medtronic SynchroMed EL see related information
Date Initiated by Firm January 16, 2008
Date Posted March 22, 2008
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on June 06, 2011
Recall Number Z-1144-2008
Recall Event ID 46685
PMA Number P860004 P990034 
Product Classification Implanted programmable infusion pump - Product Code LKK
Product Medtronic SynchroMed EL Implantable Infusion Pump, model 8626L-10. The contents of the inner package have been sterilized by ethylene oxide gas. 10 mL pump with reservoir valve and suture loops. Medtronic, Inc., 710 Medtronic Parkway NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432-5604, USA. The implantable Medtronic SynchroMed EL Programmable Pump is part of the SynchroMed EL Infusion System designed to contain and administer parenteral drugs to a specific site. The implantable components of the SynchroMed EL Infusion System include the pump with or without a side catheter access port, catheters, and catheter accessories.
Code Information all serial numbers
Recalling Firm/
Medtronic Neuromodulation
800 53rd Ave NE
PO Box 1250
Minneapolis MN 55440-1250
For Additional Information Contact Technical Services
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Device/Drug Interaction - The company updated the labeling for the devices to include current patient management and treatment recommendations. The company received reports of inflammatory mass formations at or near the distal tip of intrathecal catheters which infuse opioids, baclofen, or chemotherapy drugs into patients. On January 16, 2008, Medtronic sent a letter to doctors who implant these d
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action An Urgent Medial Device Correction letter was sent January 16, 2008, to Health Care Professionals. The letter describes the incidences, symptoms and recommendations for patient management. Excerpts from the approved Medtronic Professional Labeling are also included with the letter. The firm has requested unreported inflammatory mass in a patient with a Medtroinc device to the firm and to the FDA MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088. Additional assistance may be obtained by contacting Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933.
Quantity in Commerce ~102,792 worldwide. 90,330 within US and 12,462 OUS
Distribution Worldwide Distribution -- USA including states of Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and countries of Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State.
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.
PMA Database PMAs with Product Code = LKK and Original Applicant = MEDTRONIC Inc.