Recall of Transpedicular Schanz Screw (Bone screw for internal spinal fixation system)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Synthes Australia 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
    Complaints have been received that advise that the fracture clamp could not be used with the affected screws because the end of the screws were manufactured out of specification (too thick).
  • Action
    Hospitals are being requested to inspect inventory, isolate stock and return the affected stock to Synthes Australia.


  • Model / Serial
    Transpedicular Schanz Screw (Bone screw for internal spinal fixation system)Part Number: 496.711, 496.712, 496.715, 496.721, 496.722, 496.723, 496.724, 496.725, 496.780Multiple lot numbers affectedARTG Number: 133401
  • Manufacturer