Safety Alert for Photon DR (Model V-230HV), Photon Micro VR/DR (Models V-194/V-232), Atlas VR/DR (Models V-199/V-240)

According to Department of Health, this safety alert involved a device in Hong Kong that was produced by St. Jude Medical.

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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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  • Type of Event
    Safety alert
  • Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
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  • Notes / Alerts
    Hong Kong data is current through September 2018. All of the data comes from the Department of Health (Hong Kong), 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 data from the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Press release
  • Reason
    Safety information regarding st. jude medical implantable cardioverter defibrillators 10 october 2005 the department of health was notified today by the manufacturer of several older generation implantable cardioverter defibrillators that some of its products may be affected by cosmic rays and may not function properly. according to st. jude medical (hong kong) ltd., the affected models are: photon dr (model v-230hv) (certain serial numbers) photon micro vr/dr (models v-194/v-232) atlas vr/dr (models v-199/v-240) no serious patient injury or death has been reported so far. there are totally 34 patients implanted with the affected devices through the public hospitals in hong kong. the supplier has advised the hospital authority of this matter. all the affected patients will be informed by their doctors for follow up actions shortly.


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Description
    Press release: Safety Information regarding St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
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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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