Recall of Medtronic Navigated Solera Screwdrivers

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Medtronic Navigation, 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
    Neurological stereotaxic Instrument - Product Code HAW
  • Reason
    Specific use conditions can increase the possibility of a screwdriver tip deforming or breaking during surgery.
  • Action
    Medtronic sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction Notification letter dated September 14, 2015, to all affected consignees via FedEx. Revised Instructions for Use were provided to add additional warnings related to the careful inspection of the instruments and the importance of knowledge of operating procedures, patient selection, and product information. Consignees with questions were instructed to to call the local Medtronic Navigation Technical Services Representative or call 1-800-995-9709.


  • Model / Serial
    For this action, device lot numbers are not applicable. The action covers all lots of products distributed between September 2010 and July 2015
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US (nationwide) and Internationally to Canada; United Arab Emirates; Australia; Belgium; Switzerland; China; Germany; Denmark; Spain; Finland; France; Great Britain; Greece; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; New Zealand; Poland; Portugal; Sweden; Singapore; Thailand; Slovakia; Turkey; and South Africa.
  • Product Description
    P/N: 9734856, SCREWDRIVER, 9734856, SOLERA STD MAST; P/N: 9734857, SCREWDRIVER, 9734857, SOLERA RDN MAST; P/N: 9734279, SCREWDRIVER 9734279 SOLERA STANDARD; and P/N: 9734373, SCREWDRIVER 9734373 SOLERA REDUCTION. || The Medtronic Navigated Solera Screwdrivers are reusable devices that are designed for use in spine surgery to assist in the placement of screws during the surgery, using a Medtronic computer-assisted surgery system.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Navigation, Inc., 826 Coal Creek Cir, Louisville CO 80027-9710
  • 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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