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FDA Drug & Medical Device Recall News & Comments 
Thursday, September 24 2009

Medtronic Neuromodulation, INDURA 1P Intrathecal Catheter, Intrathecal Catheter, Sutureless Pump Connector Revision Kit, and Intrathecal Catheter Pump Segment Revision Kit

Audience: Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, anesthesia healthcare professionals, hospital surgical service managers

FDA notified healthcare professionals of the Class 1 recall of Medtronic SC Catheters and Revision Kit Models: 8709SC, 8731SC, 8578, and 8596SC when paired with the Medtronic IsoMed Pump Model 8472, due to a design incompatibility resulting in a physical interference between the SC catheter connector and the IsoMed pump. This may prevent the SC catheter from completely connecting to the IsoMed pump, even though it may appear to be connected and feel secure and may lead to disruptions of therapy and revision surgery, which pose a risk of serious injury or death.

SC catheters are not compatible with IsoMed pumps but are compatible with Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL pumps. To date, Medtronic has received ten reports worldwide related to improper connection of an SC catheter to an IsoMed pump.  In all ten reports, medical intervention was required to correct the condition. Medtronic has provided recommendations in their Medical Device Correction Letter (see link in FDA Recall Notice). 

Read the complete MedWatch 2009 Safety summary, including a link to the Class 1 recall notice, at:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm183753.htm
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