Recall of Device Recall HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) with Pocket Controller

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

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 1
  • 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
    Ventricular (assisst) bypass - Product Code DSQ
  • Reason
    St. jude medical is providing all users of their heartmate ii lvas with pocket controller with new software and updates to hardware to make the exchange to a backup controller easier. this is related to recall z-1227/1230-2014.
  • Action
    Urgent Medical Device Correction letters, dated March 29, 2017, were sent to customers. The letters provided information on what the current correction will involve to ensure patients are successfully able to exchange their pocket controller in an emergency situation. Patients will receive the updates at scheduled appointment. Questions regarding the notice, should be directed to Abbott HeartLine at 800-456-1477; or, your Abbott Sales Representative.


  • Model / Serial
    Serial numbers PC-14810, PC-14828, PC-14843, PC-14846, and PC-14848.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution -- US and Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Orman, Palastine, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.
  • Product Description
    HeartMate¿ II LVAS with Pocket Controller; || 106015 - HMII LVAD SEALED KIT-PCTRL, NA || UDI: 00813024011224 || Intended to provide hemodynamic support in patients with end-stage, refractory left ventricular heart failure; intended for use inside or outside the hospital.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Thoratec Corporation, 6035 Stoneridge Dr, Pleasanton CA 94588-3270
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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