Recall of Biomet Hip System

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Zimmer Biomet, Inc..

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 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Status
    Open, Classified
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Prosthesis, hip, semi-constrained, metal/polymer, porous uncemented - Product Code LPH
  • Reason
    Two lots of different sized modular heads potentially commingled. risks include delay in surgery and dislocation due to use of an incorrect sized head.
  • Action
    The firm, Zimmer Biomet, sent an "URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL" letter dated 4/2/2018 to its customers. The letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. Distributors will be notified of the recall via email. Hospital risk managers and distributors with product will be notified via courier. The distributor letter includes instructions to locate and remove the product in their territory, identify hospitals who have previously used the product; return on-hand product to the recalling firm and ensure all products are accounted for. The letter for hospital risk managers instruct the risk managers to assist the recalling firm's sales reps with quarantine of the product; to review notification and ensure affected personnel are aware of the contents; and complete and return the Certificate of Acknowledgement form to, even if you do not have product, and retain a copy. Customers with questions are directed to call customer service at 574-371-3071 between 8AM-5PM EST, Monday through Friday. Alternatively, questions may be emailed to


  • Model / Serial
    lot 299340
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution: US (nationwide) in states of: AL, AR, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, OK, TX, and VA; and countries of: Canada, Costa Rica and Chile.
  • Product Description
    Modular Head Component, Biomet Hip System; Item No. 11-363661, Hip Joint, metal/polymer/metal, semi-constrained, porous-coated, uncemented prosthesis || The device is used in treatment of patients who need total hip arthroplasty, and consists of modular components and corresponding instruments.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Zimmer Biomet, Inc., 56 E Bell Dr, Warsaw IN 46582-6989
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “The safety of patients has always been, and continues to be, Zimmer Biomet’s top priority and it is our honor to be a leader in this industry for the past 90 years,” Zimmer Biomet told ICIJ in a statement. “We adhere to strict regulatory standards, and work closely with the FDA and all applicable regulatory agencies in each of our regions as part of our commitment to operating a first-rate quality management system across our global manufacturing network. The company added that it is focused on staying at the forefront of innovation and doing right by the millions of patients who rely on the company’s products.
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