Recall of Device Recall Medtronic HeartWare HVAD 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 Date Posted
  • 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 (assist) bypass - Product Code DSQ
  • Reason
    Possible transient electrical connection interruption between an hvad system power source (battery, ac adapter, or dc adapter) and the controller, while the power source is connected, that may cause unintended switching to the secondary power source and/or unexpected audible tones (beeping). the interruption typically lasts 1-2 seconds, due to oxidation between power source connector and socket.
  • Action
    The firm notified physicians and healthcare professionals about the device correction by letter on 05/02/2018. The letter explained problem and provided recommendations for effective power source management of the system. Medtronic began notifying VAD Clinicians in the US on May 31, 2018, mainly via 2-day courier, and OUS via locally approved methods, of a newly available field service. A field service for application of a lubricant to the HVAD System power source connectors to mitigate the potential for transient interruptions of the electrical connection between an HVAD System power source (Battery, AC Adapter, or DC Adapter) and the HVAD Controller is now available.


  • Model / Serial
    ALL SERIAL NUMBERS  UPN/GTIN: (a) 1400 and 1401: distributed prior to GTN requirement  1403: 00888707000116, 00888707000475  1407: '00888707000291, '00888707000727, '00888707000710,   00888707000734, '00888707000741, '00888707000765, '00888707000758, '00888707000789, '00888707000772, '00888707000499, '00888707000796, '00888707000802, '00888707000819, '00888707000482, '00888707004534, '0888707001670, '00888707001656, '00888707001663, '00888707001670, '00888707001687, '00888707001694, '00888707001700, '00888707001717, '00888707001724, '00888707001731, '00888707001748, '00888707001755, '00888707001762, '00888707002813, '00888707002820, '00888707002837, '00888707002844, '00888707002851, '00888707001472  1420: '00888707000420, '00888707000437, '00888707002660  (b) 1435: '00888707000109  1440: '00888707000260, '00888707001885, '00888707001496,  '00888707002745  (c) 1425: '00888707000093  1430: '00888707000307, '00888707000826, '00888707000833,  '00888707000840, '00888707000857, '00888707000871, '00888707000864,  '00888707000888, '00888707000901, '00888707000505, '00888707000895,  '00888707000918, '00888707001489, '00888707001779, '00888707001786,  '00888707001793, '00888707001809, '00888707001816, '00888707001823,  '00888707001830, '00888707001847, '00888707001854, '00888707001861,  '00888707001878, '00888707002738, '00888707002769, '00888707002776,  '00888707002783, '00888707002790, '00888707002806, '00888707004817  (d) 1650DE: 00888707000369, 00888707001373, '00888707001588, '00888707001366, '00888707002684 '00888707002646, '00888707002653,  '00888707000376
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution including US Nationwide, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, , Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
  • Product Description
    Heartware Medtronic HVAD System for cardiac use. Including the following parts: || (a) Controller / Controller Kits, Product numbers: 1400, 1401, 1403, 1407, 1420 || (b) DC Adapter, Product numbers: 1435, 1440 || (c) AC Adapter, Product numbers: 1425, 1430 || (d) Battery Pack, Product number: 1650DE || Indication for Use for OUS HVAD System: The HVAD System is intended for use in patients at risk of death from refractory end-stage heart failure. The HVAD System is designed for in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings, including transportation via fixed wing aircraft or helicopter.
  • 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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