Recall of Device Recall Axium Detachable Coil System QC21Helix

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Micro Therapeutics Inc, dba ev3 Neurovascular.

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 3
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • 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
    Device, neurovascular embolization - Product Code HCG
  • Reason
    Ev3 has initiated a voluntary removal of two lots of axium detachable coil system for product mislabeling as the lots were swapped in production.
  • Action
    Micro Therapeutics Inc, dba ev3 Neurovascular performed product recovery according to the following outline. a) Quality Assurance Department (QAD) was used to provide details of product distribution for the affected lots. b) Based on the Health Hazard Assessment, the risk was considered undesirable. c) The affected product was part of a limited market release for Physician Preference Testing. As the product was within control of ev3 employees, no public notification was performed. d) Quality Systems contacted the sales representatives identifying the part number, lot number and number of units sent, and a request to segregate and return the affected product was initiated. e) Product returned to ev3 Neurovascular was held in Restricted Stock pending complete device accountability and disposition. f) The ev3 Neurovascular Quality Assurance department scrapped the affected product. g) The ev3 Neurovascular Regulatory Affairs department was responsible for assuring documentation and appropriate notification to regulatory bodies as required.


  • Model / Serial
    Lot # 7964576
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - USA (nationwide) and the countries of the UK, and France.
  • Product Description
    Axium Detachable Coil System QC-2-1-Helix || The ev3 Axium Detachable Coil System is indicated for the endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms and other neurovascular abnormalities, such as arteriovenous malformations and arteriovenous fistulae.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Micro Therapeutics Inc, dba ev3 Neurovascular, 9775 Toledo Way, Irvine CA 92618-1811
  • 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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