Recall of Oxford Femoral Knee System

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Biomet U.K., Ltd..

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, femorotibial, semi-constrained, cemented, metal/polymer - Product Code HRY
  • Reason
    This recall was initiated due to a customer complaint which reported that while peeling off the tyvek lid on the blister pack, very little effort was required to remove it and this could lead to contamination of the device.
  • Action
    Biomet sent a "FIELD SAFETY NOTICE" dated April 21, 2011, to all affected accounts. The notice identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were instructed to discontinue use of the affected product, locate and remove from inventory and quarantine pending return to their Bioment distributor. Customers were also instructed to complete and return the attached "Fax Back Response Form" to their local Biomet distributor. For questions customers should contact their local Biomet Contact.


  • Model / Serial
    REF 154600, LOT 2272736
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Outside the US to Austria, Belgium, and Germany
  • Product Description
    Oxford Femoral Knee System REF 154600, LOT 2272736, WARNING DO NOT RESTERILIZE, STERILE UNLESS PACK DAMAGED, BIOMET UK Ltd, (510K# K011138) || This device is used in partial knee replacement surgery as a result of patients who are experiencing degenerative arthritis.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Biomet U.K., Ltd., Waterton Industrial Estate, Bridgend, South Wales United Kingdom
  • 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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