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Class 2 Device Recall CONTAK RENEWAL Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator

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  Class 2 Device Recall CONTAK RENEWAL Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator see related information
Date Initiated by Firm March 15, 2010
Date Posted May 08, 2010
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on April 05, 2012
Recall Number Z-1558-2010
Recall Event ID 55216
PMA Number P010012S008 
Product Classification Defibrillator, automatic implantable cardioverter, with cardiac resynchronization - Product Code NIK
Product CONTAK RENEWAL 3 (Models H170), Guidant CONTAK RENEWAL 3 HE (Models H177, H179). Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D). These CRT-Ds provide ventricular tachyarrhythmia and cardiac resynchronization therapies. Ventricular tachyarrhythmia therapy is for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF), rhythms that are associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD). Cardiac resynchronization therapy is for the treatment of heart failure (HF) and uses biventricular electrical stimulation to synchronize ventricular contractions. Cardioversion/defibrillation therapies include a range of low- and high-energy shocks using either a biphasic or monophasic waveform. Sterile EO. Boston Scientific Corporation, 4100 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55112-5798 USA.
Code Information The device serial numbers are only provided for devices subject to the retrieval. For model number with no serial numbers there were no non-implanted devices with domestic customers. Once the required BSC submissions and FDA reviews are completed, the BSCs distribution and implant restrictions will no longer apply.  Model H175, no serial numbers will be retrieved. Model H170, serial numbers: 367529, 367531, 367582, 367593. Model H177, serial number 286645. Model H179, serial number 115199. 
Recalling Firm/
Boston Scientific CRM Corp
4100 Hamline Ave N
Saint Paul MN 55112-5700
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Boston Scientific Corporation has stopped shipment and is retrieving unimplanted devices from US hospital shelves of all its implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) after determining that some manufacturing process changes were not submitted for approval to the US Food & Drug Administration.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Action BSC issues press release dated 15 March 2010. FDA press release posted 18 March 2010. On 15 March 2010, BSC Sales Representatives begin removal of devices from health care facilities stock. Starting 22 March 2010 BSC sent a physician letter dated 22 March 2010 to implanting and following physicians via FedEx. The Urgent Medical Device Recall letter described the issue of why devices were being removed from hospital shelves. The letter did NOT recommend any changes to normal follow-up procedures for patients implanted with an ICD or CRT-D device. The letter included ALL potential US models. To be complete and mitigate the possibility of retrieval errors, the ICD and CRT-D US models that may be on customer's shelves were included in the letter. The devices subject to retrieval, however, were those non-implanted devices with domestic customers. For questions, please contact the local representative (1-800-227-3422) for pick up and return or contact Boston Scientific Technical Services at 1.800.CARDIAC (227.3422).
Quantity in Commerce 6
Distribution nationwide within US only (OUS distribution not affected).
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 = NIK and Original Applicant = Boston Scientific Corp.