Recall of Device Recall GemStar Bolus Cord

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Hospira 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 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.
    ICU Medical, Inc. acquired from Pfizer in early 2017, Hospira Infusion Systems, the portion of Hospira dedicated to develop infusion pumps.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Pump, infusion - Product Code FRN
  • Reason
    Hospira has received customer reports of bolus delivery failures when using the gemstar bolus cord. possible failures may be a result of cracked or damaged bolus cords which may result in an open or short circuit of the bolus cord.
  • Action
    Hospira, sent an "URGENT DEVICE FIELD CORRECTION RECALL" letter dated March 28, 2012 to all affected customers. The letter identifies the product, problem, and actions to be taken by the customers. The customers were instructed to take care when removing the bolus cord from the base of the GemStar unit, inspect the cord for damage, discontinue using any damaged cords, and to call Hospira at 1-800-241-4002 for replacement. A Reply Form was enclosed for customers to complete and return via fax to 1-866-912-7085 or e-mail to: Contact Hospira Customer Care at 1-877-946-7747 for technical assistance.


  • Model / Serial
    List Number 13027, all units
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution-USA (nationwide) including Puerto Rico and the countries of Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nola, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • Product Description
    GemStar Bolus Cord; a remote bolus cord and switch for use with GemStar 7 Therapy and Pain Management Pumps, list 13000, 13150, 13087 and 13088; Hospira, Inc., Lake Forest, IL 60045; List Number 13027; || An accessory for the infusion pump that allows bolus requests to be made by a patient or clinician up to 6 feet (1.8 m) away from the pump.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Hospira Inc., 275 N Field Dr, Lake Forest IL 60045-2579
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source