Recall of SynchroMed II Implantable Drug Infusion Pump

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

What is this?

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
    Medtronic is recalling the prior configuration of synchromed ii implantable drug infusion pumps, as a new configuration is available with an enhanced motor design. this recall action only relates to unimplanted devices.Medtronic has received regulatory approval for a design change to the synchromed ii implantable drug infusion pump. this design change of the motor decreases the potential for intermittent or permanent motor stall which can cause loss of therapy. all synchromed ii pumps are now being manufactured and distributed with this change.
  • Action
    Medtronic will liaise with hospitals to review their inventory to locate affected pumps. Medtronic will arrange return and replacement of affected pumps.


  • Model / Serial
    SynchroMed II Implantable Drug Infusion Pump Model Numbers: 8637-20, 8637-40 ARTG Number: 97770
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “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.
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