Recall of Device Recall MerlinHome

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by St Jude Medical 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 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
    Pacemaker/icd/crt non-implanted components - Product Code OSR
  • Reason
    New pacemaker firmware was developed to further mitigate the risk of unauthorized access to our pacemakers that utilize radio frequency (rf) communications.
  • Action
    Abbott sent an Important Cybersecurity Advisory dated August 28, 2017, to all affected customers to notify customers of the availability of the programmer software update and associated pacemaker firmware update. The notification material is in the form of a Physician Letter and Hospital Letter and will be delivered to physicians and hospitals with inventory in the US by overnight service. Customers with questions were instructed to contact their Abbott representative or the customers technical support hotline at 1-800-722-3774.


  • Model / Serial
    Model EX1100 - GTIN 05414734504782 and Model EX1150 - GTIN 05414734404334
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution
  • Product Description
    Merlin@Home Software Model EX2000 v8.2.2 for Merlin@Home Transmitter Models EX1150, EX1150W, EX1100, and EX1100W. || The Merlin@home Transmitters are a component of St. Jude Medicals (SJM) Remote Care System. These Merlin@home transmitters are used to retrieve information from the SJM implantable medical device (IMD) using RF telemetry. The data is then sent back to the Patient Care Network through a built-in modem or, alternatively, through a USB cellular adapter or a USB based Broadband Kit. The transmitted data enables clinicians to remotely monitor a patients IMD using a secure, encrypted, password-protected web site, thus reducing the number of in-clinic visits a patient needs to make to their physician. The transmitter monitors the patients device daily between scheduled follow-ups and can alert a clinician if it detects anything out of the norm.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    St Jude Medical Inc., 15900 Valley View Ct, Sylmar CA 91342-3577
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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