Recall of Covidien Emprint Percutaneous Antenna with Thermosphere Technology

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

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
    System, ablation, microwave and accessories - Product Code NEY
  • Reason
    The firm received consumer reports of the ceramic trocar tip of the emprint ablation antenna disengaging from the needle shaft post-ablation. this can result in the tip remaining in the patient.
  • Action
    All consignees were notified via Federal Express or certified mail on August 7, 2017, and the letter informs customers of the possible trocar tip disengagement and the actions they should take. Customers are requested to segregate and return affected product and acknowledge receipt and understanding of the Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice.


  • Model / Serial
    UDI 10884521706583, Lot codes: S6MG005PX,S6MG008PX,S6MG012PX,S6MG019PX,S7AG001PX,S7AG006X,S7AG010X,S7AG013X,S7BG001X,S7BG003X,S7BG007X,S7BG013X,S7CG002X,S7CG005X,S7CG007X,S7CG013X,S7EG009X,S7FG003X,S7FG004X,S7FG007X
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide including PR, Canada, China
  • Product Description
    Covidien Emprint Percutaneous Antenna with Thermosphere Technology, 15cm (reinforced), Material CA15L2
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Covidien LLC, 60 Middletown Ave, North Haven CT 06473-3908
  • 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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