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Class 2 Device Recall Zimmer Silhouette Axial Torque Handle

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  Class 2 Device Recall Zimmer Silhouette Axial Torque Handle see related information
Date Initiated by Firm November 07, 2008
Date Posted March 04, 2009
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on December 22, 2009
Recall Number Z-1031-2009
Recall Event ID 50176
Product Classification Wrench - Product Code HXC
Product Zimmer Silhouette Axial Torque Handle, Zimmer Spine, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; REF 7010-0151-01.

Reusable instrument that is used to apply the appropriate torque to the lock nut that is part of the Silhouette Spinal Fixation System.
Code Information Lots P050120 and P041466.
Recalling Firm/
Zimmer Inc.
345 E Main St
Warsaw IN 46580-2746
For Additional Information Contact
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Some of the torque wrenches apply less than the minimum torque to the screw locking cap when the torque indicators are aligned as described in the surgical technique.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Process control
Action The firm's sales force was notified by an Urgent: Device Recall letter dated 10/7/08, which instructed them to stop using the instrument and quarantine it immediately; physically count all affected product in their territory and record data on the Inventory Return Certification Form; fax a copy of the completed form to Zimmer Spine; and return the affected devices with the completed Inventory Return Certification Form. User accounts/implanting physicians were informed by an Urgent: Device Recall letter dated 12/10/08 and instructed to monitor their patients.
Quantity in Commerce 76
Distribution Worldwide Distribution --- USA including states of California, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and countries of Denmark, Germany, Iran, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
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.