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Class 2 Device Recall Zimmer Natural Nail System, Antegrade Femoral Recon Module

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  Class 2 Device Recall Zimmer Natural Nail System, Antegrade Femoral Recon Module see related information
Date Initiated by Firm July 01, 2009
Date Posted November 24, 2009
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on October 05, 2011
Recall Number Z-0383-2010
Recall Event ID 52806
510(K)Number K090596  K083497  K082770  
Product Classification Rod, fixation, intramedullary and accessories - Product Code HSB
Product Zimmer Natural Nail System, Antegrade Femoral Recon Module, standard, nonsterile, Zimmer, Warsaw, IN; REF 00-2490-001-08.

The device is used to drill into the proximal tibia or distal femur for placement of screws that stabilize the position of an intramedullary nail implant. The targeting guide instrumentation serves to assist the surgeon in precisely drilling into the bone and through holes that are located in the proximal and distal portion of the nail implant. After these holes are drilled, screws are placed into the holes to hold the implant in place in the bone.
Code Information Lots 61221482, 61241809 and 61248640.
Recalling Firm/
Zimmer Inc.
345 E Main St
Warsaw IN 46580-2746
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The guides may come apart during use, some guides may experience surface cracking, guide handles and modules may not target the femoral nail holes accurately and the instruments may not be able to be assemble together due to a change in the threading method used.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Action On July 1, 2009, U.S. distributors were notified by e-mail to return two instruments. The recall was expanded with international accounts notified by e-mail on August 5, 2009, and U.S. accounts being notified by e-mail on August 6, 2009, to return 7 instruments. The scope of the recall was then expanded again to include 14 instruments and another letter dated September 14, 2009 to distributors and user accounts. The notifications described the affected products, problem, health risks and actions for consignees. Direct questions about the recall to Zimmer, Inc. by calling 1-800-613-6131.
Quantity in Commerce 327 of total product
Distribution Worldwide Distribution -- United States, France, Germany, Italy, 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.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = HSB and Original Applicant = ZIMMER, INC.