Recall of Device Recall Medtronic Navigation

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Medtronic Navigation, 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
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  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
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  • 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
    Neurological stereotaxic Instrument - Product Code HAW
  • Reason
    Medtronic is recalling certain vertex max drill tubes which are used with the stealthstation system due to a defect related to the internal threading for component set up.
  • Action
    Medtronic Navigation sent a Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated November 13 -14, 2012, to all affected customers. The letter identified the product the problem and the action needed to be taken by the customer. Customers were instructed do not use the Vertex Max Cannulated Drill Tube clinically. Medtronic Navigation will remove the Vertex Max Cannulated Drill Tube. Medtronic Navigation will provide a replacement Vertex.Max Cannulated Drill Tube manufactured from a different lot which was inspected to verify the defect has been corrected. If you have any questions about this notification, please contact a Sales Representative in your area. For further questions please call (720) 890-3200 Ext. 3303 .


  • Model / Serial
    Lot number 120203.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution--US (nationwide) including the states of CA, FL, MA, LA, and MI and the countries of Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Canada and Korea.
  • Product Description
    The Vertex Max Drill Tube is a component within the Navigated Vertex Max Drill Guide Set (item 9733370). The Navigated Vertex Max Drill Guide Set is intended to be used with a Medtronic Computer Assisted Surgery System to help assist with screw placement during spine surgical procedures. The device is reusable and requires sterilization according to product labeling. || .
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Navigation, Inc., 826 Coal Creek Cir, Louisville CO 80027-9710
  • 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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