Recall of Device Recall Zimmer Patellofemoral Joint (PFJ) Prosthesis

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
    Prosthesis, knee, patello/femoral, semi-constrained, cemented, metal/polymer - Product Code KRR
  • Reason
    Internal review found that five (5) pfj implant forgings were identified as have forged laps during receiving inspection process for raw material. these five forgings were not segregated and were subsequently issued to final manufacturing under part 00-5926-014-01; lot 62455332. a forged lap is a defect that forms when metal folds over itself during forging.
  • Action
    Zimmer sent an URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL letter dated July 2014 to affected distributors and hospital accounts. The letter identified the affected product, problem and the actions to be taken. The letter instructed customers to 1. Review the notification and ensure affected personnel are aware of the contents, 2. Locate and quarantine any affected product listed above and notify your Zimmer sales representative, and 3. Your Zimmer sales representative will remove the recalled product from your facility. If after reviewing this notification you have further questions or concerns please call the customer call center at 1-877-946-2761 between 8:00 am and 5:00pm EST.


  • Model / Serial
    00-5926-014-01; Lot 62455332
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US (nationwide) in the states of HI, CA, GA, MI, and IL and the countries of TAIWAN, BELGIUM, AUSTRALIA, FRANCE, JAPAN, and UK.
  • Product Description
    Zimmer Gender Solution Patello-Femoral Joint (PFJ) System Patello-Femoral Trochlea Component, Precoat, Size 4, Left. Knee prosthesis.
  • 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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