Recall of Medtronic Implantable Programmable Infusion Pumps

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 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
    Pump, infusion, implanted, programmable - Product Code LKK
  • Reason
    Some refill kits in the affected lots may contain an extension tubing set that is occluded and healthcare professionals may be unable to aspirate or fill the synchromed pumps. there is no problem with the lioresal intrathecal (baclofen injection) contained in the affected drug refill kits. there have been no patient injuries beyond additional needle sticks associated with this issue.
  • Action
    Medtronic sent a "Medical Device Removal" letter dated April 2014 hand delivered, e-mail or faxed to affected customers. The letter described the problem and the product affected by the recall. The letter also contained the Action Required, Additional Information (Contact Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933 weekdays 7 am - 6pm Central Time) and requested consignees to complete and fax or e-mail the "Medical Device Removal Reply Form".


  • Model / Serial
    Lot numbers CS3643, CS3613, CS3663, N441998, N442081, N442131, N440259, N440527, N440582, N440654, N440909, N440978, N441199, N441268, N441806, N441817, N442178, N442513, N442532, N442560, N442588, N442831, and N443427. Affected lots were distributed between January 2014 and March 2014.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - USA Nationwide in the states of NM, ND, RI, and VT and the countries of Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Middle East, & Panama.
  • Product Description
    Refill Kit 8551/856X (includes Models 8561, 8562 and 8564) for use with Medtronic Implantable Programmable Infusion Pumps. || Product Usage: The Refill Kits are intended for use in refilling Medtronic programmable, implantable infusion pumps with the exception of Medtronic MiniMed infusion pumps.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Neuromodulation, 7000 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55432-3568
  • 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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