Recall of Device Recall Medtronic Intrathecal Catheter Pump Segment Revision Kit

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

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
  • 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.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Pump, infusion, implanted, programmable - Product Code LKK
  • Reason
    The sutureless connector (sc) intrathecal catheter connector has been redesigned to reduce the potential for occlusion at the catheter to pump interface. medtronic is removing the unused products from the market that were manufactured with the previous design, and recommend the previous design no longer be used due to greater potential for misalignment and subsequent occlusion.
  • Action
    The firm, Medtronic, sent an "Urgent: Medical Device Removal" letter dated May 2013 to its customers. The letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. Representatives (Rep) are visiting all locations, beginning June 3, 2013, to retrieve devices with a Use By date of 2014 08 14 (August 14, 2014) or sooner. The Rep is leaving a letter with the hospitals to tell them that the Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter connector has been redesigned and that they are removing unused devices. They also do not recommend using any of the old design. An Account Specific Customer Confirmation Form will be completed by the Rep. A copy of the completed form will be left with the Hospital along with the Urgent Medical Device Removal letter. If you have questions, please contact Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933 weekdays 7am - 6pm CST.


  • Model / Serial
    Product having a Use By Date prior to 25 Aug 2014
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide distribution: US (nationwide) and countries of: Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Product Description
    Medtronic Intrathecal Catheter Pump Segment Revision Kit, model 8596SC. Contents: 60-cm pump segment with attached sutureless pump connector, Spinal Segment Strain-relief sleeves, Pump segment strain-relief sleeves, Connector pin. Contents of inner package are STERILE. || The Medtronic Model 8596SC Pump Segment Revision Kit is used when a revision to the pump segment of the Model 8731 or Model 8731SC catheter is required. The catheter is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers parenteral drugs to the intrathecal space. The implanted infusion system components consist of a Medtronic pump and a Model 8731 or Model 8731SC catheter. The catheter connects to the pump at the catheter port.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Neuromodulation, 7000 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55432-3568
  • 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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