Safety Alert for Activa Deep Brain Neurostimulation System

According to National Institute of Drugs and Food Surveillance (INVIMA), this safety alert involved a device in Colombia that was produced by Medtronic, Inc. || Medtronic Europe S. A.R.L || Medtronic Neuromodulation || Medtronic Puerto Rico Operations Co., Villalba..

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Alerts provide important information and recommendations about products. Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean a product is considered to be unsafe. Safety Alerts, addressed to health workers and users, may include recalls. They can be written by manufacturers, but also by health officials.

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    Safety alert
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  • Notes / Alerts
    Colombian data is current through June 2019. All of the data comes from the National Institute of Drugs and Food Surveillance (INVIMA), 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 Colombia.
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  • Product Description
    MEDTRONIC deep brain stimulation therapy is indicated for the unilateral or bilateral stimulation of the internal pale balloon (IPG) or the sub-thalamic nucleus (STN) in the following cases: Parkinson's disease: indicated for adjuvant therapy in the reduction of some of the symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease in patients with a response to levodopa and who do not control it adequately with medication. Essential tremor and dikinesias: indicated for the suppression of tremor in the upper extremities. Intended for patients diagnosed with essential contamblor or tremor associated with Parkinson's disease not adequately controlled by medication and where tremor is a significant loss of functionality. Dystonia: indicated as an aid for the treatment of intractable primary chromosome (resistant to medication) dystonia, including generalized and segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), for persons 7 years of age or older. Epilepsy: indicated as adjuvant therapy to reduce the frequency of convulsions in adult patients diagnosed with epilepsy characterized by initial partial seizures with or secondary syngeneization resistant to anti-epileptic drugs. Obsessive-compulsive disorder: indicated for bilateral stimulation of the internal capsule of the anterior limbus (AIC) as complement to medication and as an alternative for the treatment of chronic compulsive obsessive-compulsive disorder resistant to treatment with serotonin inhibitors.
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  • 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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