Recall of Device Recall Persona EM Proximal Tube

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Zimmer, 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
    Orthopedic manual surgical instrument - Product Code LXH
  • Reason
    Complaints that the ratchet teeth of the tube are not latching onto the rod.
  • Action
    Zimmer Biomet initiated a voluntary recall of the Persona¿ EM Proximal Tube and Persona¿ EM Distal Rod due to complaints that the ratchet teeth of the tube are not latching onto the rod via certified mail on 11/24/2015. The firm requests customers quarantine recalled devices, return the customer response forms, and assist in returning the devices to the Zimmer Biomet sales reps. Customers with questions may contact 1-800-348-2759 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm EST.


  • Model / Serial
    Proximal Tube Item Number 42-5399-001-00, Lots: 2137111, 62156913, 62222598.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Distributed in the states of AZ, CA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, and WA, and the country of Germany.
  • Product Description
    Persona EM Proximal Tube, orthopedic manual surgical instrument for use with Persona Knee Prosthesis, item 42-5399-001-00, part of the Persona Tibial Resection System.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Zimmer, Inc., 1800 W Center St, Warsaw IN 46580-2304
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “The safety of patients has always been, and continues to be, Zimmer Biomet’s top priority and it is our honor to be a leader in this industry for the past 90 years,” Zimmer Biomet told ICIJ in a statement. “We adhere to strict regulatory standards, and work closely with the FDA and all applicable regulatory agencies in each of our regions as part of our commitment to operating a first-rate quality management system across our global manufacturing network. The company added that it is focused on staying at the forefront of innovation and doing right by the millions of patients who rely on the company’s products.
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