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Class 2 Device Recall Comprehensive Shoulder Instruments Primary Shoulder Stem Inserter

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  Class 2 Device Recall Comprehensive Shoulder Instruments Primary Shoulder Stem Inserter see related information
Date Initiated by Firm April 07, 2011
Date Posted June 30, 2011
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on April 08, 2013
Recall Number Z-2712-2011
Recall Event ID 58544
Product Classification Orthopedic manual surgical instrument - Product Code LXH
Product Comprehensive Shoulder Instruments Primary Shoulder Stem Inserter, REF 407398, Biomet Orthopedics Warsaw, IN, Instrument used to introduce the stem into the canal.

The instrument is used to insert the shoulder implant into the shoulder.
Code Information 043190, 176120, 176130, 176140, 176150, 176870, 176900, 281960, 296760, 296770, 296780, 599260, 678800, 775960, 775980, 806060, 832070, 859290 and 884850.
Recalling Firm/
Biomet, Inc.
56 E Bell Dr
Warsaw IN 46582
For Additional Information Contact Mary Johnson
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
When the surgeon attempts to remove the inserter from the stem, the inserter may become stuck not allowing it to disengage from the stem. The stem may have to be removed from the patient in order to disengage the inserter from the stem. If the stem is removed from the patient, it could potentially cause a significant delay in the procedure or damage/fracture of the humerus which may require inter
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Nonconforming Material/Component
Action The firm, Biomet Orthopedics, sent two "URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL NOTICE" letters one dated April 7, 2011 and the second letter dated April 12, 2011 which included an additional lot number, to its customers. The letters described the product, problem and actions to be taken. The customers were instructed to immediately locate and discontinue use of the noted product; carefully follow the instructions on the enclosed "FAX Back Response Form"; complete and return the Fax Response Form within three (3) business days via fax to 574-372-1683; use priority carrier for their shipment; If the product was further distributed, they MUST notify and give letter to Hospital personnel, and confirm receipt of this notice by calling, 800-348-9500, extension 3755 or 3756. Questions related to this notice should be directed to 574-371-3755 or 574-371-3756, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.
Quantity in Commerce 469 units both products
Distribution Worldwide distribution: USA (nationwide) including Puerto Rico; and countries of: Australia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden.
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.