Recall of HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS)Catalogue Number: 106524INT – LVAS KIT, HM 3

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 II
  • 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
    Abbott has identified reports (1.29% incident rate, with no patient injuries) of errors in communication between the system controller and pump of the heartmate 3 lvas. there is the potential for a communication error which triggers a communication fault advisory alarm on the system controller. abbott has traced the issue to manufacturing variances that could lead to crystallisation formation, which may then disrupt communication between the pump and the system controller. the lvas has a redundant communication line so a complete loss of communication between the system controller and pump will only occur if both lines are affected. the lvas has an on-board diagnostic system that monitors for these conditions several times per second. in this rare situation, the lvas pump will continue to operate as programmed after the point communication is lost. communication between the system controller and pump, including the interface to make pump operating changes, is no longer feasible.
  • Action
    The following patient management advice is provided to physicians. For loss of a single communication line (Driveline COM Fault), accompanied by an advisory alarm, the Driveline COM Fault advisory alarm can be manually silenced on System Controller for 4 hrs with 1 functioning communication line or permanently silenced (at discretion of physician) via System Monitor (assuming alarm persists). For loss of both communication lines (COM Fault), noted by presence of COM Fault advisory alarm, the COM Fault advisory alarm can be manually silenced on System Controller for 4 hrs or via System Monitor for 24 hrs. The COM Fault advisory alarm will display even if Driveline COM Fault advisory alarm is permanently silenced. Remind patients to contact their VAD Coordinator in the event an advisory alarm appears on their System Controller. Physicians managing patients subject to an Advisory COM Fault alarm should determine patient care recommendations based on each clinical case.


  • Model / Serial
    HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS)Catalogue Number: 106524INT – LVAS KIT, HM 3Serial Number: MLP-002965Supplied through the Special Access Scheme
  • Manufacturer


  • 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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