Recall of Device Recall SynchroMed II implantable drug infusion pump

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 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Status
  • 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
    Pump, infusion, implanted, programmable - Product Code LKK
  • Reason
    Medtronic received a complaint that there was an error code displayed on the programmer when the physician attempted to interrogate an implanted synchromed ii pump. the error code prevented the physician from updating the pump; however the pump was providing therapy.
  • Action
    A Medtronic representative visited the clinic on 2/9/2017 and corrected the SynchroMed II pump by resetting the pump memory using a SynchroMed Lab Programmer running on a Medtronic laptop with a validated protocol. Consignee was given a Medtronic "Urgent Medical Device Correction" letter dated February 8, 2017. The letter described the Issue and Actions to be taken by the consignee. For questions contact your Medtronic Representative Medtronic or Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933.



  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Neuromodulation, 7000 Central Ave, Minneapolis MN 55421-1241
  • 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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