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Medtronic SynchroMed EL Implantable Infusion Pump

Audience: Pain management specialists, risk managers, other healthcare professionals, patients

[Posted 02/04/2008] FDA issued a Class I Recall of Medtronic Inc, SynchroMed EL Implantable Infusion Pump Models 8626-10, 8626L-10, 8626-18, 8626L-18, 8627-10, 8627L-10, 8627-18, and 8627L-18. The device administers drugs to a specific site in the body to treat pain, spasticity (continuous muscle contraction), and cancer. The pump is implanted in the patient, either with or without a side catheter access port, catheters, and catheter accessories. The models were recalled because there is a potential pump motor stall issue that affects SynchroMed EL infusion pumps with motors manufactured before September 1999. If a pump motor stalls, drug delivery will stop suddenly and without warning. This stoppage will result in loss of therapy, return of the patient's symptoms, and/or symptoms of drug under infusion or withdrawal.