Recall of Device Recall Gentle Threads

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
    soft tissue fixation screw - Product Code HWC
  • Reason
    Specific lots of the device were overexposed during eto sterilization. this may lead to revision due to infection from loss of sterile barrier during over-exposure cycle.
  • Action
    The recalling firm issued letters to Distributors as well as to affected Risk Managers and Surgeons. Distributors were instructed to ensure affected team members are aware of the contents of the recall notification, locate and quarantine affected product in inventory, return all affected product from distributorship and from affected hospitals, and submit a list of any additional customer accounts that were not notified of the recall to the recalling firm. Risk Managers were instructed to ensure affected personnel are aware of the contents of the recall notification, quarantine all affected product, and complete the included Certificate of Acknowledgement and return to the recalling firm, even if no affected products were present at the facility. Surgeons were instructed to review the notification and return the completed Certificate of Acknowledgement. Customers' questions and concerns were directed to the recalling firm's customer service at 574-371-3071, 8AM-5PM EST, Monday through Friday. Alternatively, questions may be emailed to


  • Model / Serial
    lot 207910
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide distribution. US nationwide, Netherlands, Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Chile, South Korea, and Canada.
  • Product Description
    Gentle Threads, Interference Screw; Model No. 905617, for soft tissue reattachment procedures in the ankle/foot and knee.
  • 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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