Recall – Implantable device programmer incorrectly retains previous value

Company: Abbott
Date of Enforcement Report: 4/22/2020
Class II

PRODUCT

Merlin PCS 3650 Software Upgrade Kit, REF 3330 St. Jude Medical The MerlinTM Patient Care System (MerlinTM PCS) Model 3650 is a portable, dedicated programming system designed to interrogate, program, display data, and test St. Jude MedicalTM implantable devices and leads.

Recall Number: Z-1700-2020

REASON

Internal testing of software identified software anomaly scenarios where if non-applicable shock energy value is selected, the device will continue to use the previously programmed energy level and the user will not be alerted that the selected value was not retained.

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER

Abbott on 2/28/2020. Voluntary:  Firm Initiated recall is ongoing.

VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE

3,656 units

DISTRIBUTION

US Nationwide

What’s New

FDA:  Exemptions, Variances, and Alternate Forms of Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Devices

Manufacturers, importers, and user facilities can request an exemption or variance from any or all of the medical device reporting requirements in 21 CFR Part 803.  Read more:  https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-reporting-mdr-how-report-medical-device-problems/exemptions-variances-and-alternate-forms-adverse-event-reporting-medical-devices

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