Recall of Brio Charging System Model 6721 (used with Deep Brain Stimulator, Brio IPG Model 65-6788)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by St Jude Medical Australia Pty Ltd.

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A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class I
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Australian data is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    Some patients have reported experiencing an uncomfortable temperature increase at the implantable pulse generator (ipg) implant site during charging, with a small number of patients reporting burns at the implant site. this matter is a follow-up to a hazard alert letter issued by st. jude medical (sjm) in august 2012 (tga reference: rc-2012-rn-00759-3).In the august 2012 letter, st. jude medical informed customers that they would be implementing design improvements to the charger to address the possibility of increased energy dissipation during charging. the new brio le charging system model 6722 and brio le charger accessory model 6720 reduces the potential for uncomfortable temperature increases that may be felt near the ipg while recharging, by automatically turning the energy it delivers on and off. this will require patients to either charge for longer or more frequently to achieve a full charge.
  • Action
    St. Jude Medical recommends the prompt replacement of the charger for patients who have reported excessive heating during charging. For other patients, replacement of the charger is recommended at the next follow-up. Upon replacement, proper charging function of the Brio LE Charger Accessory Model 6720 must be confirmed. The Brio LE Charger System Model 6722 and Brio LE Charger Accessory Model 6720 may not be able to charge implanted IPGs at an implant depth greater than 2.25cm (the Model 6721 was labelled for implant depth up to 2.50 cm). In case of difficulties with the charging function of the Brio LE Charger Accessory Model 6720 due to the depth of the implant, patients should continue to use their current Brio Charger Model 6721, following the precautions provided in the August 2012 letter.


  • Model / Serial
    Brio Charging System Model 6721 (used with Deep Brain Stimulator, Brio IPG Model 65-6788)ARTG Number: 164512
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  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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