Recall of Device Recall Cobalt HV Bone Cement with Gentamicin

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

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
    Bone cement - Product Code LOD
  • Reason
    Loss of the seal on the sterile tyvek packaging used with this cobalt bone cement.
  • Action
    Zimmer Biomet sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice dated April 2017 to all affected customers. The firm initiated their recall to their distributors on 06/26/2017 requesting that they destroy any product on hand. The firm then expanded their recall on 09/14/2017, beginning their notification by email and following with letters to hospitals delivered on 09/21 and 09/22/2017. The firm requested the following actions: "1. Complete the Acknowledgement/Questionnaire provided with this lot specific field safety notice and return to Stericycle by email to or by fax to 866-608-3939. If you have any questions or issues related to sending this information, please call 877-551-7153. 2. Quarantine this affected product. Arrangements will be made to finalize the handling of the product as well as coordinate the replacement product where applicable. 3. If packaging issues are found, please contact DJO Surgical Customer Service to initiate a product complaint." Customers with questions were instructed to call 512-834-6255.


  • Model / Serial
    Lot Numbers: 189690, 189760, 199180, 424740, 508240, 560290, 595660, 638280, 786630, 959650, 959700
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide Distribution
  • Product Description
    Cobalt HV with Gentamicin, Cobalt Bone Cement 40GM, REF 402283, QTY 1, STERILE, Rx Only, Mfgr: BIOMET ORTHOPEDICS || Cobalt MV and HV Bone Cement is indicated for use as bone cement in arthroplastic procedures of the hip, knee and other joints to fix plastic and metal prosthetic parts to living bone when reconstructions is necessary because of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, nonunion of fractures of the neck of the femur, sickle cell anemia osteoporosis, secondary severe joint destruction following trauma or other conditions (also far fixation of unstable fractures in metastatic malignancies), and revision of previous arthroplasty procedures
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Encore Medical, Lp, 9800 Metric Blvd, Austin TX 78758-5445
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source