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Class 2 Device Recall TransFx External Fixation System Drill Bit

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  Class 2 Device Recall TransFx External Fixation System Drill Bit see related information
Date Initiated by Firm May 01, 2009
Date Posted June 30, 2009
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on November 03, 2010
Recall Number Z-1537-2009
Recall Event ID 51924
510(K)Number K984357  K990848  K991723  K003205  
Product Classification Multiple Component Metallic Bone Fixation Appliance - Product Code LXT
Product TransFx External Fixation System Drill Bit, Quick Connect, 4.5 mm diameter, 230 mm length, nonsterile, Zimmer, Warsaw, IN; REF 4450-65. TransFx drill bits can be found in the following kits: TransFx Intermediate External Fixation System, REF 4450-05-10; TransFx Large External Fixation System, REF 4450-010-10 and TransFx Small External Fixation System, REF 4450-00050-15.

For use in pre-drilling bone to accept a fixation pin, which are part of the external fixation structure that the surgeon assembles intra-operatively to stabilize bone fractures from the extremities.
Code Information Lots 56454678 and 70186200.
Recalling Firm/
Zimmer Inc.
345 E Main St
Warsaw IN 46580-2746
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Drill tip is out of specifications, reducing the efficiency of drilling action, requiring more force and potentially heating the bone surface during operation.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Process control
Action Distributors and consignees were notified by an Urgent: Device Recall letter dated 5/1/09. Consignees were advised to stop using the device and quarantine it immediately. Distributors were instructed to carry out a physical count of all affected product and record the data on the Inventory Return Certification Form; fax a copy of the completed form to Zimmer, Inc.; and return recalled product along with the Inventory Return Certification Form to the firm.
Quantity in Commerce 5
Distribution Worldwide Distribution -- USA, Australia, Canada, El Salvador, England, Germany, Latin America, and Singapore.
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.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = LXT and Original Applicant = IMMEDICA, INC.