“If our surveillance systems identify a potential performance issue, our personnel promptly evaluate the problem, including, when appropriate, conducting root cause investigations and internal testing to assess whether the product continues to meet specifications and defined performance criteria,” Medtronic told ICIJ in a statement. “In some cases, based on this evaluation, Medtronic may determine that a recall is necessary.” The company said that it communicates with healthcare providers and/or patients and provide recommendations to address such issues. Medtronic noted that these communications can include letters, emails, calls, press releases, physician notifications and social media postings, as well as informing the FDA and other regulators of the actions.
Medtronic Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter. || The implantable Medtronic Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers parenteral drugs to the intrathecal space. The implanted infusion system components consist of a Medtronic pump and a Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter.