Medtronic Tissue Stabilizer Recall Deemed Class I

Medtronic, Inc. just announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified its previous action related to the <"">Octopus(R) Nuvo Tissue Stabilizer as a Class I recall.

The agency classifies a recall as Class I when it believes that there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

On Sept. 14, 2010, Medtronic proactively and voluntarily recalled the device from the market due to the potential that a component of the device could fracture during use. The resulting potential hazards are that fragments of the component could fall into the patient’s chest cavity and/or damage the heart tissue. Medtronic has received two reports of device failure occurring during patient use, which required retrieval of device fragments from the surgical wound; neither event resulted in permanent impairment or death.

Healthcare facilities should immediately discontinue use of the device and return all unused Octopus Nuvo Tissue Stabilizer devices to Medtronic. No action is required of patients, as any adverse event related to the disposable device would have occurred at the time of surgery.

All Octopus Nuvo Tissue Stabilizer devices are affected; no other models in the Octopus family of products are affected by this recall.

Five hundred and seventy-one devices have been distributed to healthcare facilities in the U.S., Europe and Canada. All affected healthcare facilities have been notified, and Medtronic is in the process of working with the facilities to retrieve all remaining devices. The FDA has been apprised of this action.

Physicians and healthcare facilities can direct questions to their Medtronic representative or contact the CardioVascular Lifeline for technical services, Monday through Friday during business hours, at 1-877-526-7890.

Adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems also should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or via the website.

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