Recall of Device Recall Medtronic Passive Biopsy Needle Kit

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
  • 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
    Neurological stereotaxic Instrument - Product Code HAW
  • Reason
    The adhesive between the sphere assembly and the biopsy needle shaft may be compromised, causing the sphere assembly to move on the needle shaft. this may result in inaccurate navigation and improper placement of the needles biopsy window in the brain.
  • Action
    Medtronic sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated July 17, 2015, to all affected customers. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were instructed to examine their inventory for any of the affected lots and quarantine them if found. They will be asked to complete a confirmation form indicating they have completed this action and are to email or fax the form to Medtronic. Customers will be asked to contact Medtronic to obtain a return material authorization number and arrange for no-charge replacements of impacted products. Customers with questions were instructed to contact Medtronic Technical Services at 800-595-9709. For questions regarding this recall call 720-890-3302.


  • Model / Serial
    LOT No: 066503515, 066504315, 066506515
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US (nationwide) and Canada.
  • Product Description
    Medtronic Passive Biopsy Needle Kit, Part Number 9733068 - Passive Biopsy Needle Kit. || The image guided Passive Biopsy Needle is an accessory instrument with the StealthStation System. The Biopsy Needle is intended to be used for stereotaxy biopsy of brain tissue.
  • 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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