Recall of Device Recall Heartware Ventricular Assist System

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

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
    In april 2015, heartware, now a part of medtronic, notified users of a safety issue related to the hvad pump driveline splice kit. medtronic now intends to send a follow-up communication to identified clinicians informing them that a new, improved splice kit is available.
  • Action
    HeartWare, now a part of Medtronic sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter on April 2015 and a follow-up letter on March 2017, to customers via overnight mail and/or email.. The letters identified the affected product, problem and actions to be taken. Customers were instructed to review the recall notice, forward the notice to individuals within their organization who need to be aware of the notice, complete, sign, and return the Acknowledgement Form . For questions contact your local HeartWare representative.


  • Model / Serial
    Product Codes: ASY00116 and ASY00281 Serial # All patients with Drivelines splice repair performed prior April 2015
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US Nationwide in the states of FL, MO, TN, KY, NY and the country of Germany.
  • Product Description
    HeartWare Ventricular Assist System (HVAD) Pump Driveline Splice Kit || Product Usage: || Is intended to repair the driveline cable once an electrical break has been identified. These repairs are limited to the portion of the driveline that is outside the patient boundary (exit side).
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Heartware, 14400 NW 60th Ave, Miami Lakes FL 33014-2807
  • 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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