Recall of Device Recall Zimmer Natural Nail System Tear Drop Guide Wire

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Zimmer Biomet, 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
    Orthopedic manual surgical instrument - Product Code LXH
  • Reason
    The design verification for the previous packaging configuration g928 does not cover the 70cm wires. a design verification has been completed to move the 70cm guide wires to a new packaging configuration. as a result, the products packaged in the previous packaging configuration are being removed.
  • Action
    On June 5, 2017, Zimmer Biomet distributed Urgent Medical Device Recall notices to their customers via FedEx and email. **Hospital Risk Managers are advised to:** 1. Review this notification and ensure affected team members are aware of the contents. 2. Complete the Certification of Acknowledgement portion of Attachment 1 a. Return a digital copy to within three (3) days. 3. Assist your Zimmer Biomet sales representative quarantine all affected product. **Distributors are advised to:** 1. Review this notification and ensure affected personnel are aware of the contents. 2. Immediately locate and quarantine affected product in your inventory. 3. Complete the Certification of Acknowledgement portion of Attachment 1  Inventory Return Certification Form a. Return a digital copy to within three (3) days. 4. Note that any hospitals that received direct shipments of this product from Zimmer Biomet will be sent a copy of the Risk Manager directly. It is important that you review the list of hospitals included with the email notification sent to your facility to identify additional accounts Zimmer Biomet has not notified. Using the Additional Accounts Form provided with the email notice sent to your facility, return contact information for any additional hospitals that may have received or used the affected product within the past 12 months. If there are no additional users to notify, please confirm this by annotating and returning the form provided indicating that no additional users have been identified. 5. Return all affected product from your distributorship and affected hospitals within your territory along with a completed Attachment 1  Inventory Return Certification Form to Zimmer Biomet within 2 weeks. a. For each return, send a copy of Attachment 1 to b. Include a hardcopy of Attachment 1 with your shipment for i


  • Model / Serial
    All Lot Numbers Expiry Date Before March 2022
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide within U.S.A and Puerto Rico; International: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands & Singapore
  • Product Description
    Zimmer Natural Nail System Tear Drop Guide Wire || 2.4 mm Diameter, 70 cm length, Item Number 47-2490-098-01 || Product Usage: || The Ball Tip and Tear Drop Guide Wires are used during the initial reaming of the intramedullary canal. They also assists in guiding the nail during implantation. The guide wire incorporates either a ball or tapered tip to aid in removal of the intramedullary reamer if it becomes lodged or fails.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Zimmer Biomet, 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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