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Class 2 Device Recall Cyberonics VNS Therapy Programming M250 System

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  Class 2 Device Recall Cyberonics VNS Therapy Programming M250 System see related information
Date Initiated by Firm July 24, 2009
Date Posted November 16, 2009
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on September 26, 2012
Recall Number Z-0264-2010
Recall Event ID 53131
Product Classification nerve stimulator - Product Code LYJ
Product Cyberonics VNS Therapy Programming M250 Programming System, model number 250, version 4.6, 6.1, 7.0 and 7.1. The Model 250 Handheld software is provided on flashcards packaged in software envelopes or pre-installed on handheld computers.
Code Information Model 250, VNS Therapy Programming M250 Programming System, version 4.6, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 labeling
Recalling Firm/
Cyberonics, Inc
100 Cyberonics Blvd
Houston TX 77058-2069
For Additional Information Contact
800-332-1375 Ext. 223
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Some VNS Therapy System replacement Demipulse generators reporting low lead impedance readings. In rare instances, a system diagnostic test using Model 250 Programming Software (versions 7.1 and earlier) may report "Lead Impedance: OK" when a short-circuit condition exists.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action Cyberonics sent an Important Safety Notice on July 24, 2009, to all physicians explaining the event, risks presented and recommended actions to take. Labeling updates are being developed concurrently with the notification. The firm will mail or hand-deliver the notifications via firm representatives.
Quantity in Commerce 9,500 programming devices
Distribution Worldwide: USA, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico (US Territory), Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
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.